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Disabled parking in Waltham Forest

chubbydaddy Community member Posts: 5 Connected
Hello, my name is Paul and I live in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.  If you live within this borough or another area and your parking is under attack by the council you should make your views known to the council. Recently along Leytonstone High road a stretch of parking (including a disabled bay, was given over to some planters. The council say its part of their strategy to encourage more sustainable methods of travel and less cars.  However many of us need our cars and we need to be able to park.  By removing disabled parking the council is making us compete with able bodied drivers for the limited parking that is left.  Also recently the number of blue badge holders was increased because many hidden disabilities were allowed to apply for a blue badge (quite rightly).  That does mean more disabled drivers competing for disabled parking bays and competing with able bodied drivers for the same.  Please please fight for our right to be mobile and to be able to park.  If councils are allowed to get away with this attack on our rights they will continue and remove even more.  Contact your council and complain and ask for more disabled bays not less.  Thank you for reading through my rant.


  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Campaigns Posts: 12,465 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for sharing this @chubbydaddy :) I'm sorry to hear about the removal of some disabled parking bays in your area, but it's good to hear that it's something you're passionate about preventing. 
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  • wilko
    wilko Community member Posts: 2,458 Disability Gamechanger
    please please note a parking bay marked disabled parking is there for anybody to use disabled or not we the disabled have no sole right to that space unless it has a sign stating Blue Badge holders only. The same if one is outside your home any driver can park there it’s only by other giving consideration to a disabled driver that they are not used by able bodied drivers. I was quoted £400 by my council to have an Road assessment and painting the parking bay outside my house, but I as advised it was not for my sole use but any driver can park their car there. So I declined the offer and bought some disability parking signs and fixed on the fence panels and to date I have retained a parking space outside my home.


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