GRH patient told to park on double yellow lines
MS SUFFERER Emily Barrett was told she would be "better off parking on double yellow lines" with her disabled blue badge than in resident bays.
Emily, 23, who lives near The Docks, had driven to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for an appointment but found no disabled bays free.
So she drove out of the hospital and stopped in residents' parking bays in Great Western Road – only to receive a fine.
"I thought it was pay and display and, as a blue badge holder, I don't need to pay," said Emily, who was diagnosed with MS in 2007.
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"So I was shocked when I saw the ticket. I went down to the Gloucester City Council offices and the receptionist said to me I would have been better off parking on the double yellow lines.
"Blue badge holders are allowed to park on double yellows for up to three hours but only where not causing an obstruction. It is not safe to park on them on Great Western Road and the parking bay I'd stopped in was empty.
"It seems ridiculous they cannot use common sense."
A city council spokesman said a complaint had been received from Emily and if she wanted to appeal the decision she could.
"This is a legal process which our customer service staff are not qualified to advise or comment on which is why the complaint could not be dealt with in person," he added.
The residents' parking was introduced after those living in Great Western Road campaigned to be able to park outside their properties
Ian Tait, of Gloucestershire Royal, said the recommended number of disabled spaces is six per cent of the total, whereas the number at GRH is 15. He said: "We strive to make parking at the hospitals as easy as possible. Blue badges can help users to park close to their destination for on-street parking. It does not automatically apply to any off-street car parks."