Parking insult for the disabled

The council has started implementing charges before provision to police the system, so that Blue Badge holders are at a further disadvantage.

I have been in town during the last few days and there were a number of elderly people virtually shuffling behind shopping trolleys and walkers.

It can take them 30 minutes to walk the length of narrow bargate.

One thing that amazes and infuriates me is the disabled parking opposite Boots – the majority of places are at one end of town on the opposite side of the road to the main shops, and there is only one dropped kerb at the far end.

Taxis get the best spot.

The best place for people who cannot walk so well is as near to their destination as possible.

That is the guiding principle, and we see it everywhere.

In Boston, there is a lovely square area outside Marks.

It’s so obviously the perfect place for the disabled to park.

however, Boston moves the disabled away from there for the rare unloading lorry, which I have never seen on there.

I know what’s happened. Every other Market Place user has been considered and blue badge holders will interfere less with them if out of the way.

It’s a shameful disgrace. Thirty minutes concession is an insult to the blue badge scheme.

It tries to force the struggling disabled to rush – often painfully and potentially fatally – and to destroy their social life.

To top everything off, they have made the new Market Place floor as drab as possible because it’s more authentic, but will not pay respect to the request by the visually impaired for more essential (to their safety) colour contrast.

Oil and great black tyre marks are authentic, as are 21st century telephone shops, cars driving round in circles like headless chickens, motorbikes, lorries, taxis, buses.

They will not put down the road markings needed.

Cars park everywhere because there are no double yellow lines, which is the familiar sign for no parking.

In fact I doubt if anyone can be penalised for parking outside one of the few marked bays.

Is there anyone who thinks that this makeover of the market place floor has transformed us back into the 17th century?

The old Market Place was suffering a bit from lack of attention, but there was no money to maintain it.

Suddenly there a million pounds was found to get another million from the EEC.

If I had to nominate the most chaotic town centre in the country it would undoubtedly be here.

Joe Nash

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