The answer is to enforce their use

I WAS appalled to read in today's press about the proposals to limit severely the access for disabled blue badge holders within the town centre in Weston

I WAS appalled to read in today's press about the proposals to limit severely the access for disabled blue badge holders within the town centre in Weston. I am aware that there have been complaints about abuse of these parking facilities but the answer is not to withdraw them but to enforce their use by those entitled to them. I hold such a badge and try to use the traders in Weston wherever possible but I am already restricted in which ones I can use. For example recently I wished to visit the visitors' centre on the front but was forced to give up as I could not park anywhere near enough for me to walk with my limited mobility.If these new orders come into force I, like many others, will be unable to use Weston for any business I may need to conduct. Out of town shopping areas are helpful to those like me but these plans would deny all access to me and those in my situation. The offer of free parking for two to three hours in designated places is almost useless. First you have to find such a space. Most of us need perhaps 20 minutes at one location and then to proceed to the next for a similar time. These new ideas will virtually bar us from the town centre. Can the town afford to turn away business from a substantial proportion of the population, particularly bearing in mind the high numbers of senior citizens in the whole area? I am a parish councillor for Winscombe and Sandford but write this letter as an individual who would be seriously affected by these proposals.MISS BERYL ROPER - Somerville Road, Sandford


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