Thumbs up for supermarket charges

AN ARTHIRITIS sufferer says she is 'delighted' a supermarket in Weston will start charging customers who wrongly use disabled parking spaces.

AN ARTHIRITIS sufferer says she is 'delighted' a supermarket in Weston will start charging customers who wrongly use disabled parking spaces.

Alison Pretty, of Copperfield Drive, Worle, has previously faced abuse when confronting people who misuse disabled parking bays at supermarkets.

Asda's Phillips Road store will introduce a £60 fine for its store users next month.

Now the 48-year-old hopes that other supermarkets in the resort will follow suit.


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Alison, who uses crutches, said: "I am delighted and I think it is brilliant idea because unfortunately some people think it is OK to park in disabled bays."

The Weston & Somerset Mercury contacted other supermarkets in the Weston area to gauge their responses to her request.

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A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "The Queensway store in Worle does not fine drivers for parking in disabled bays.

"I can't at this time tell you if this will change in the future but we do charge customers at 200 stores nationwide.

A spokesman for Tesco's Station Road store said: "We favour the carrot not the stick. The great majority of our customers observe the policy well but those who don't are informed either verbally, over the store public address system, or by leaving notices on cars.

"We don't believe introducing fines is the right solution for us as it can pose other challenges and we know from experience there can be occasional mitigating circumstances.

"As with all our policies we review them regularly, ensuring the right approach."

Morrisons, in Summer Lane, also has no plans to introduce charges at the current time.

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