SELFISH drivers are leaving a Redditch pensioner and his disabled wife struggling to get to the doctors surgery and chemists in Church Hill.
The centre has five disabled parking bays but all too often they’re filled with cars and vans without blue badges, forcing them to park elsewhere in the centre or even outside.
“It seems that every Tom, Dick and Harry uses them and if we have to park elsewhere in the car park there just not enough room to get my wife in the wheelchair,” said Ken Hamer, aged 86.
“I have to get her out and she has to lean on the car while I rush round to get the wheelchair out of the boot,” said the former joiner who oversaw the construction of more than 1,000 homes in Redditch.
“You’re very lucky to get just one car parking space, let alone a disabled one.”
The couple have lived in Redstone Close off Tanhouse Lane for 20 years and used to enjoy dancing and getting out and about before Ken’s wife Doris, aged 85, was forced to use a wheelchair.
“I have had one or two arguments with people without blue badges and all you get back is a load of abuse back. People think they can come and go as they please and I only wish my wife and I could do that,” said Ken.
“If I were them I’d think to myself ‘I’m lucky, I can walk about, I don’t want to take a parking space from someone who isn’t as lucky as me’ but it seems people don’t think like that any more.”
A spokesperson for Redditch Borough Council said: “Residential disabled car parking spaces, provided under the Disabled Car Parking Space scheme are advisory only, have no legal standing and therefore are not enforced by us.
“Although able-bodied drivers are encouraged not to park within a disabled parking space, anyone can use them. Their use relies on the good will of people in the community.”