Disbelief at abuse of disabled parking bays

Palettes of wood and a trampoline take up a disabled parking spaces at B&Q, Halifax ' photographed by Mr Kielty

Palettes of wood and a trampoline take up a disabled parking spaces at B&Q, Halifax ' photographed by Mr Kielty

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I had occasion to visit B&Q on Tuesday August 2 and found to my utter disbelief that, as pictured, palettes of wood and a trampoline were on sale from two bays of designated disabled parking.

I challenged the management on this and both going out to view the situation I asked how she could justify this?

Her astounding reply was that “it had been there nearly a month and you are the first to complain...”

I asked her if this was the basis of her justification and said this was the second time this year that I had pointed out to management for using these bays for retailing.

She said they “Would be removed that day.”

I had occasion to return on Friday August 5 to find that only the trampoline had been removed!

This is no doubt a flagrant abuse of the planning application which would have been passed prior to building. As Norman Baker the Transport Minister has recently openly backed the Disabled Motoring UK’s ‘Baywatch Scheme,’ I will be surprised for him not to be interested to hear of B&Q’s cavalier approach to this form of abuse.

Malcolm Kielty