More space for disabled

Sir – I am astonished that there hasn t been more of an outcry regarding the charges now being made at the QE2 car park for disabled motorists.  It is bad enough charging able bodied people visiting the hospital, but to charge blue badge holders is

Sir - I am astonished that there hasn't been more of an outcry regarding the charges now being made at the QE2 car park for disabled motorists.

It is bad enough charging able bodied people visiting the hospital, but to charge blue badge holders is absolutely disgraceful and in my opinion totally immoral. On my last visit to the QE2, I counted 14 disabled bays, where I understand no charges will be levied - just 14! So now blue badge holders unlucky enough not to find one of these bays empty, will have to use the main car park and pay.

Apart from the charges, there is one glaring problem that seems to have been overlooked and that is, the parking spaces in the main car park are simply not wide enough for many disabled people. Most need to unload a wheelchair or other aid, to enable them to get into the hospital and there simply is not the room to do this. It's bad enough parking for anyone who drives anything bigger than a "mini" type vehicle, but many disabled motorists have to use bigger vehicles to accomodate their vital equipment. Also many are elderly and trying to squeeze out of a car door in a restricted space is almost impossible.

So what does the local health authority propose to do? To help ease the situation, more disabled bays are desperately needed, but I think that may be too much to expect, it might cost money!!


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R Bailey, Elm Gardens, WGC.

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