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Letter: Thoughtless Drivers Block Burpham Car Park Spaces For Disabled

Published on: 28 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 30 Jul, 2020

Riverside Park – inconsiderate parking

From: Paul Robinson

As the partner of a disabled-permit holder, I was pleased to see GBC allocate two parking spaces at the Riverside Park car park off Bowers Lane, Burpham, for disabled parking. But I was dismayed to see the inconsiderate parking shown in the attached photo.

These people have managed to turn two disabled bays into one big bay. The logic would appear to be as long as you don’t park directly in front of the disabled sign the rest of the area is fair game.

If there were two disabled car park users wanting to use the spaces, the car on the left makes no allowance for a disabled passenger requiring to fully open the passenger door to get out or get a mobility vehicle alongside the car, while the car on the right makes no allowance for a disabled driver unless they are riding a disability motorbike.

The ironic thing is that presumably, these car occupants wanted to take some exercise along the river or Riverside Park and found the car park full, but instead of parking in Bowers Lane and walking a few more steps they chose to make things more difficult for disabled visitors just for their own convenience.

Please think before you park.

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Responses to Letter: Thoughtless Drivers Block Burpham Car Park Spaces For Disabled

  1. Brian Holt Reply

    July 28, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    These selfish drivers at Riverside Park car park, reminded me what my colleagues and myself did when we tried to get our four coaches into the coach park at Old Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight.

    While there were empty cars spaces in the car park, one car decided to park in the coach bay area in the coach park, so we blocked the car in as there was nowhere else for us to park, when we return to the coach park two hours later, the Police was there as the driver had called the police because he had missed the ferry he was booked on.

    As it was on private land the police said it was his own fault for parking in the coach spaces, they were only there to make sure there was no trouble.

    I wonder if the car driver learnt his lesson that day?

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