An ANGRY man has blasted the council after being denied a disabled parking space outside his home.
The disgruntled resident of Blackburn, Lancashire, claims his application was denied because his neighbor already has one.
The man, who asked not to be named, said he had been instructed by Darwen Council to use the disabled bay, which had been approved for another local 40 meters away.
But he complained the “unfair” decision would mean he and his neighbor would have to fight for the spot every day.
The resident said he feared sharing the disabled bay would lead to “feuds and arguments” and claimed his car had previously been scratched while using someone else’s parking space.
But the council insists the 40-metre rule is necessary to help them “manage the curb space available”.
Despite her refutation, the disabled man insists there is “just not enough parking space” on his street, which consists of around 30 houses.
He told that Lancashire Telegraph: “It just doesn’t make any sense at all.
“I was told that someone else nearby had also applied so I couldn’t get a parking space.
“The rule was introduced a few years ago and now you can’t get a new parking space.
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“What do people who really have a right to a parking space do?
“People have more than one car and I only own one car. I don’t go out after 4 p.m. because when I return I can’t get a space in front of my house and sometimes have to park on adjacent streets.
“Apparently I can park in another handicap space. So where is this person parked?
“Last time I did that someone scratched my car,” he fumed.
“This rule will clearly lead to feuds and arguments. Can you imagine what would happen?
“This decision has caused me a lot of stress and frustration, but I know there will be others who have gone through the same ordeal.
“It’s unfair to blue badge holders and heartbreaking.”
This rule will definitely lead to feuds and arguments. Can you imagine what would happen?
Blackburn and Darwen Council allow residents to request disabled parking outside their home but say there is no legal obligation for local authorities to provide disabled parking.
The space is only valid for the duration of the blue badge application and costs £120, while cove renewal costs £60.
Martin Eden, Director of Place, said: “The Council has put in place a disabled parking policy to ensure fairness in processing applications and to assist the team in decision-making.
“The policy has several criteria to help officials make a decision.
“An application for a residential disabled parking space will be denied if it does not meet all or a single criterion specified at the time of application.
“The 40m distance to another disabled accommodation bay meets the criteria for applying for a blue badge and is intended to assist the Council in managing the curb space available as it is very expensive.
“Resident parking can be used by any Blue Badge holder and applicants will be informed of this as part of the application process.
“Currently there is no legal obligation for local authorities to provide disabled parking spaces for residents on the motorway, but we have chosen to provide them to help our residents park close to their homes.
“However, we need to manage parking expectations for all residents across the county, hence the rationale for introducing the 40 meter criteria.”
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