Disabled holiday makers leave town for good

TWO loyal holidaymakers have vowed never to return to Weston again after being handed a fine for parking in a disabled space. Disabled George

TWO loyal holidaymakers have vowed never to return to Weston again after being handed a fine for parking in a disabled space.Disabled George Dutton and his wife Christine have been holidaying in the seaside town for as long as they can remember but when they found a £70 fine on their car in Carlton Street Car Park they pledged never to come back.North Somerset Council says it is standard practice to charge full rate for disabled spaces in its car parks but 57-year-old George and his wife and carer Christine, who live near Newcastle, say wherever else they go this is not the case.George, a Blue Badge holder, said: "I have been driving since 1968 and never in all that time have I had a parking ticket. We and a few of our disabled friends will never come back to Weston."We spent about £250 as we did last year and that is money we will not be spending in Weston again."My wife had to go to the council building and paid £40.00 as paying the same day saves £30."I have never known a disabled person having to pay to park in a disabled bay anywhere and thought the car park there was the same but I was very wrong. The sign telling you this is low down and obscured by parked cars."A North Somerset Council spokesman said signs with the message that disabled parking is not free are clearly displayed around the car park in several locations.


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