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Charity wins parking badge appeal

Charity wins parking badge appeal

Published at 10:28am 17th February 2015. (Updated at 6:38pm 17th February 2015)

A charity which helps the elderly get around Otley is celebrating after a decision to withdraw its blue parking badge was overturned.

Otley Action for Older People provides a transport service in the town using a minibus.

Politicians took up their case after the charity was told new rules meant the badges couldn't automatically be given to groups, only individuals.

But the charity appealed, finding out late last week that it had been successful.

Speaking to Stray FM, project manager Sue Traynor said: "On the one hand I'm really pleased. But the fact that we've had to go through this process, I've read all the guidelines and we were clearly eligible right from the start."

Local Lib Dem Councillor Ryk Downes, who took up the charity's case, said: "I am so pleased that the continuous pressure we brought to bear gave us the result that Otley Action needed.

"I couldn't understand why the council had dug in and were refusing local charities blue badges, even though we first sent them proof months ago.

"Therefore I wrote to the Executive Member responsible, who assured me that this decision will extend to all organisations that transport older people, which is very welcome news.

"Now Otley Action's volunteers can get back to the important work they do, helping our local elderly get out and about, connecting with their community."