A woman is angry at Wellingborough Council’s failure to police the abuse of disabled parking spaces by traders and people using the town’s Tuesday bric-a-brac market.
A resident, who didn’t want to be named, likes to take her elderly parents to the market and tries to use the disabled parking bays as her father is disabled.
She said for several weeks now she has been unable to find a space and the cars parked in the designated disabled parking bays do not have disabled stickers.
When she approached a traffic warden andasked him why he didn’t give the offenders a ticket, he said it wasn’t worth it because they were over-ridden by the council.
She wrote to the authority and they replied that the matter had been sorted and that it would be policed properly in the future.
However, last Tuesday the woman took her parents to the market and was again unable to find a parking space.
She said: “My elderly father had to limp down from the High Street to the market.
“I saw a man getting into his car which was parked in a disabled bay and asked him why he was using it.
“He said he had spent thousands on the market over the last so many years so he could park there. It’s absolutely selfish of people.”
A spokesman for Wellingborough Council said: “We’re aware of this issue and have agreed an amendment to the off-street parking order.
“This will restrict parking on the market place between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
“We will work with the county council to ensure the restrictions are enforced, including enforcing the blue badge system for the disabled bays.
“The restrictions will apply to all vehicles parked, including those owned by market traders.”
It is an offence to park in a bay reserved for a disabled person without displaying a valid Blue Badge, failure to produce one for inspection can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.