Help vulnerable & disabled get a fair deal from Waverley carparks
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We, the undersigned, request that Waverley Borough Council rescind its changes to parking charges for disabled people. They discriminate unfairly against our most vulnerable citizens most of whom have limited incomes due to their disabilities.
Those living outside the Borough cannot apply for a Waverley Permit. This not only discriminates against visitors, but also non-Waverley residents, who, due to the Borough boundaries, find that their nearest shopping/commercial centre is in Waverley. It will also discourage tourist visitors.
The charges for disabled bays will lead to more disabled parking on yellow lines - whilst legal (provided there is no obstruction caused) this is likely to put further pressure on our overcrowded roads.
There has been no move as yet to make ticket machines safely accessible to wheelchair users or those with walking frames - eg, machines in Crown Court Godalming are all up a kerb, bar one at the furthest point: Haslemere has all the machines on a steep slope above the disabled parking area, difficult and very unsafe for a disabled person to negotiate.
Waverley has indicated that it will drop the kerb only at the machines nearest the disabled bays, but this still leaves dangerous negotiations through parked cars and traffic lines, and, to wheelchair users, many machines may still be too high for safe use.
The suggestion that wheelchair users can purchase tickets using Ringo is unfair - Ringo costs extra on top of the parking charge.
The monetary gain for the Council is relatively low. Why is this money being sought from the pockets of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens?
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