Charity parking anger

A charity for adults with learning disabilities is furious with the county council after its disabled parking badge was taken away.

Alive and Kicking’s chairman Tina Mellors says the group relied on its Blue Badge parking permit to take its members - around half of whom suffer mobility problems - on social outings.

Having been previously granted a Blue Badge, the Skegness charity cannot comprehend why it has suddenly become exempt - particularly as it has grown in size and includes more severely disabled members now than when it last applied successfully.

“This is going to make life more difficult for our disabled members and the volunteers who give up their time to help others,” said Mrs Mellors.

“It’s just another example of pointless bureaucracy in which society’s most vulnerable are left worse off.”

Mrs Mellors’ county councillor Robin Hunter-Clarke has agreed that it’s a ‘disgraceful’ state of affairs and vowed to back her appeal.

A council spokesperson expressed the ‘greatest admiration’ for Alive and Kicking, but explained the allocation of Blue Badges was set to the Department for Transport’s criteria, which it does not meet.