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My wife and I are both in our eighties; she has a Blue Badge, my application is being processed. We make a weekly trip into the Wee Town for shopping and any other business. We visit both supermarkets.
Last week at Tesco all five disabled parking bays were occupied, so we pulled into a parent and child space opposite, displaying the Blue Badge. On the way to the store entrance I checked the five cars; only two of them had Blue Badges on display. I reported this to a member of staff and later another said they would check on the car users.
As we returned to our car with the shopping a man was getting into the car next to us, also a parent and child parking bay. He was unaccompanied by a child.
On our first visit to the area in 1987 with our small fishing boat, which we hadn’t used for years, we had many problems with the outboard etc. The locals, passers-by and business people in Campbeltown were so friendly and helpful that we came back in ’88 and in ’89, bought a property, and spent every school vacation there until making it our permanent home on retirement in 2000.
My point is that I don’t think that Campbeltown folk have suddenly changed and adopted the ‘I’m alright, Jack’ attitude promulgated by recent UK governments and exemplified by Brexit voters; I shall assume that the actions of which I complain are thoughtlessness rather than sheer arrogance.
The important thing about both disabled and parent and child parking bays is not just that they are closer, it is also that they are wider, enabling wheelchairs and pushchairs to access the doors of cars, and for doors to be opened wide to help the infirm haul themselves up.
Please bear in mind that the few seconds you save yourself by using these spaces may cause major inconvenience to others.
As an aside, the Tesco superstore which our daughter uses in Newcastle
clamps the cars of illegal users!
Disappointed Old Man,