Spaces for disabled drivers

Residents of Brandon Court made their feelings known on the lack of parking available to them at a public meeting in the GLO Centre.
Residents of Brandon Court made their feelings known on the lack of parking available to them at a public meeting in the GLO Centre.
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The owners of Motherwell Shopping Centre have agreed to make parking spaces available to every disabled driver in Brandon Court.

The tower block has 40 parking spaces available off Mentieth Road plus eight disabled bays in North Lanarkshire Council’s service yard.

The only other parking nearby is owned by Chester Properties, which operates the shopping centre, for use of shoppers.

Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Gary O’Rorke organised a public meeting at the GLO Centre in May to bring residents and Chester together and residents made clear their number one priority was more disabled parking spaces.

Last week he met with Chester director William Gear where it was agreed all blue badge holders would receive a parking space, with further improvements in the pipeline.

Councillor O`Rorke said: “I am absolutely delighted with this outcome for the residents of Brandon Court.

“This will make a massive difference to every single one of the residents who are blue badge holders in the tower.

“All credit to Chester properties that, having listened sympathetically to the residents concerns, they really have delivered an excellent outcome with these much needed additional parking spaces”.

Chester is also in negotiations with the council over proposed improvements to lighting in access areas between the tower and the shops.

Mr Gear said: “It was a great pleasure for us to be able to meet the residents’ request for additional parking spaces for those who most need them in close proximity to their homes.

“We also hope to work with the council to improve lighting in some of the areas near the tower.”

Brandon Court tenants’ association secretary Jim Milligan gave a cautious welcome to the news.

He said: “We haven’t received official confirmation yet, but it’s good to hear that this is going to be happening to make life easier for all the blue badge holders who live in the tower.

“I’m happy they will now know they are guaranteed to be able to park next to their homes and will no longer have to worry about having to walk any distance to and from their cars.

“I also want to thank Councillor Gary O’Rorke for bringing the two sides together and for all his work on this matter.

“This has dragged on an awful long time, and while perhaps this result is just the minimum we expected or hoped for, it at least proves that we have been listened to.

“We are also very pleased at the prospect of improved lighting between the tower and the shops, because particularly when we get to winter it will be well needed.”