Disabled must travel to renew blue badges

This is where''Disabled Deesiders can either come here, or Inverurie to renew their blue Badges

This is where''Disabled Deesiders can either come here, or Inverurie to renew their blue Badges

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Deeside Councillors have called upon Aberdeenshire Council to review their procedures for renewing blue disabled badges.

This comes from Cllr Katrina Farquhar and Cllr Karen Clark being approached by constituents about difficulties renewing their badges, as there are no Deeside-based offices that can process the applications, which, due to new rules, require that applicants provide either their original marriage or birth certificates.

Cllr Clarke said: “Following up a complaint from a constituent, it appears that if you do not wish to send the certificates by post, which many people do not like doing, the nearest offices to process the documents are either in Inverurie or Stonehaven.

“It is unbelievable that people who are applying for a Blue Badge due to lack of mobility are expected to travel all over the place to get the job done.”

Cllr Farquhar said: “It beggars belief that there are no offices on Deeside, or even in Aberdeen to process the papers.

“If people need an assessment to decide if they’re entitled to a Blue Badge, they have to travel for it - surely one of the officers could come to somewhere like Aboyne to perform it? I just think the current situation’s unacceptable.”

The Cllrs are now writing to Jim Savege, Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, to urge him to review procedures and make offices on Deeside open for people to renew their badges.

Cllr Farquhar added: “We have discovered that there are only five offices across the Shire who deal with Blue Badge processing. There has to be some way of making locally available services in Deeside to cater for those who find it difficult to travel to other areas.”