Call for talks over disabled parking

Cllr. Les Sibley in Crown Car Park,Bicester.'110414M-A268
Cllr. Les Sibley in Crown Car Park,Bicester.'110414M-A268

THE leader of Cherwell District Council’s opposition is calling for a meeting in a bid to end the new policy of charging disabled drivers for parking bays.

Councillor Les Sibley, who represents Bicester West and is the new opposition leader following the May 5 elections, has asked for a meeting with senior officers and councillors in a bid to have the recently-imposed charges revoked.

He said: “What I’d like to do is get things back to the way they were before they introduced the new charges on April 4.

“That would be the sensible thing to do.

“I think it’s causing a lot of heartache.

“I’ve had letters galore about this from people who are often quite elderly.

“They’re being fined £80 for not displaying tickets, and will ultimately end up in court if they don’t pay.”

Disabled motorist Alan Pridgeon from Ludgershall, who received an £80 fine after parking in a bay in the Claremont car park, said notices advertising the new hourly charges were very difficult to see from his wheelchair.

He added: “Having no inclination that things had changed I had no reason to go looking or reading the boards.”

He said an appeal over his £80 fine had been turned down, adding: “I object strongly to being fined under these circumstances, the tenor and reason for rejecting the appeal is that I knowingly parked illegally.”