Will estate be 'over-run' with disabled bays?
PUBLISHED: 12:05 12 October 2011
A REQUEST for new disabled parking in a residential Weston street has been refused, due to fears that the area will become 'over-run' with disabled bays.
Weston Town Council’s community services committee unanimously ruled against the application for two disabled bays in Williton Crescent, Weston, after councillors pointed out it may cause conflict if other residents have no place to park.
The council’s clerk Malcolm Nicholson read a letter to the committee on behalf of Labour councillor Roseana Warwick, which said: “These people do need somewhere to park, but the road could soon become over-run with disabled bays.
“The housing association needs to consider where they place people with disabilities.”
At the moment Williton Crescent has two disabled bays outside one block of flats and a further four bays on the road.
Committee chairman Phillip Judd said: “I have relatives who live in those flats and they are not the easiest places to get in and out of. There should be planning permission to build more parking spaces and there is an issue of general safety.”
After the meeting Cllr Warwick expressed her concerns for all residents in Williton Crescent. She said: “I have concerns because of the number of disabled bays in the area already and for the people who live there are and are not disabled, where are they going to park?
“My grandmother was disabled so I know how difficult it is for disabled people to get around, but I can also understand how frustrating it is for other people who need parking places.
“If disabled bays are not being used I think it could cause conflict.”
She said: “These people have every right to apply for disabled bays. I know how difficult it is for them and I’m fully behind these people, but we also need to think of other people in the area.”