Letter to Editor
Devon knows why Kernow is taxing disabled in South West
I was shocked to read Cornwall Council is charging £3,800 for a designated disabled parking bay outside people’s homes. We live in austere times, yet most councils, (including Devon) set up such bays for free or make a nominal charge. For many people who have had Polio and now have Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), and other disabilities, a designated parking bay is not a luxury, but a necessity.
A car is a real lifeline for many, but being unable to park at home renders a vehicle useless. To a person with mobility issues, a designated parking space can make all the difference – in the most extreme cases between freedom and imprisonment in one’s own home. Living with a disability in modern Britain today should not have to be taxing, but with accessibility still an issue on public transport, and abuse of disabled parking bays and the blue badge scheme commonplace, it can sometimes feel like it.
120,000 people in the UK live with PPS. On behalf of those fellow Polio survivors in Cornwall, the South West and the rest of the country who rely on being able to park to live an active life, I hope that common sense will prevail and a change of heart will result. The British Polio Fellowship can help you fight for your rights if you have had Polio and are struggling to get heard. Contact the British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935.
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship