A WHOPPING ten per cent of residents across Nuneaton and Bedworth will be hit by plans to stop free parking for disabled drivers.
Figures obtained by the News have revealed that out of the 120,000 strong population of the borough,10,297 residents have been issued with blue badges.
These blue badges had allowed them to park for free in the two town centres but Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have taken the decision to put a stop to this.
Facing having to find £1.6m in savings this year, the cash-strapped local authority say stopping the free parking will save £50,000.
Bringing in a disabled parking charge will also help safeguard the future of the Shopmobility service, which is run in partnership with the Disabled Information Advice Line (DIAL) and provides help, support and services for disabled people.
But no decision on how much the charge for disabled drivers to park in the town centres, nor when it will come into force, has yet been made.
The borough council is due to start discussions with those who are due to be affected by the decision to come to a fair conclusion.
It is understood that an in-depth consultation will start between the Town Hall, DIAL and shopmobility users, as well as other interested parties in a matter of weeks.
When unveiling the budget, which included stopping the free blue badge parking, council leader, councillor Dennis Harvey explained: "We are aware that many people give up their time for others, and no Mr Cameron you `big society' is not a new idea, and so we will aim to keep the Shopmobility service by asking blue badge holders to pay for parking like other residents. Many people, both with and without disabilities, have spoken to us or written to us about this and believe it would be fairer."