Mall in clampdown to stop abuse of disabled parking

Pictured left to right are MS Society member and Blue Badge owner Rosie Whiteside, Orla McCann from Disability Action, Tracey Jackson, manager of High Street Mall, and Andrew Burnside, regional manager for Smart Parking. INPT49-014
Pictured left to right are MS Society member and Blue Badge owner Rosie Whiteside, Orla McCann from Disability Action, Tracey Jackson, manager of High Street Mall, and Andrew Burnside, regional manager for Smart Parking. INPT49-014

Motorists who park in disabled spaces in High Street Mall without a Blue Badge will be fined under a new scheme.

The initiative is designed to keep the spaces free for disabled motorists.

It is being run by the mall in association with Smart Parking, and follows an awareness campaign.

The mall provides 24 Blue Badge parking spaces across the upper and lower decks of the car park.

High Street Mall manager Tracey Jackson said, “Smart Parking replaces our previous 60-minute monitoring and will improve the usage of these spaces for customers with a Blue Badge.”

Orla McCann from Disability Action said, “Accessible parking which has wider bays and is close to the entrance is essential for many disabled people who have limited mobility. These spaces should only be used by Blue Badge Holders and the vehicles parked there should display a valid Blue Badge on the dashboard.

“The abuse of accessible parking is a big problem and we welcome that High Street Mall are taking steps to prevent this at their car park.”

She added, “We would also call on Blue Badge holders to be vigilant about others misusing their badge and ensure that it is used appropriately at all times.”

Meanwhile, from now until Christmas Eve, the mall has some special offers on parking. Motorists can avail of two hours’ free parking or park for three hours at a cost of 30p or four hours at 40p.