Labour Councillor Mick Legg is taking action to stop the continued misuse of disabled parking bays at Melrose shops, West Bletchley.
A disabled resident called at Cllr Legg’s surgery last week complaining that non-disabled drivers continue to use parking bays allocated for disabled drivers. This has been an issue for some time.
Cllr Legg said, “This is an on-going problem I have previously raised it with Milton Keynes Council officers, but these drivers continue to abuse these spaces. I think we now need to take stronger action. It is not right that disabled people with Blue Badges cannot park in designated bays provided specifically for them.”
Cllr Legg has written to MK Council asking for CCTV to be installed so that the disabled bays can be monitored. He has also offered to use his £1000 pound community budget to pay for installing the CCTV. It may be possible to link it to existing shop CCTV cameras.
Cllr Legg concluded, “The abuse of disabled parking bays has gone on too long. The scheme exists because some people need to park closer to the entrance of where they are going and/or to have extra space to get in and out of their vehicle because of their disability.
"It is not right that disabled people with Blue Badges cannot park at their local shops because the bays are being used illegally by other drivers.”