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Concern over parking permits for disabled
A CARER says she believes disabled people who need help at home should be given parking permits.
Karen Davey cares for Marion Pearce who lives in Hamlet Road, Southend, and suffers from Spondolosis of the spine.
She said she thinks disabled residents should not have to pay for permits just so carers can come to their address.
She said: “We have carers that overlap at times. She has had to pay out for two permits. The road is resident’s parking all along. There is no blue badge parking round there.
“A very nice lady at the council arranged it for us to have two permits but why should any of our disabled residents have to pay if they need carers? They don’t have carers out of choice.”
Mrs Davey said it has caused problems with Mrs Pearce’s care.
She added: “We have had a couple of carers that have had tickets although they managed to get them revoked. She has lost carers because they couldn’t park.”
Zulfiqar Ali, Southend Council’s strategic highways and traffic manager, said the council had allowed two permits to be issued because of the exceptional circumstances but they still had to be paid for.
He said: “Mrs Pearce is in the unusual position of being issued with two carers permits due to her particular care arrangements and that fact that her carers cross over on visits.
“There has always been a charge for these permits, but the £15 cost for each permit for the year has remained the same since the council started implementing parking schemes in 2009/10.”