Petition success for disabled man as blue badge parking space is set to be reinstated

Bournemouth Echo: REINSTATED:  Darin Ball had his blue badge space put back after he appeared in the Echo and started a petition REINSTATED: Darin Ball had his blue badge space put back after he appeared in the Echo and started a petition

A DISABLED man from Poole said he is ‘over the moon’ after Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) agreed to reinstate a parking space for blue badge holders outside his home.

As reported in the Daily Echo last month, Darin Ball, who has type one diabetes and damage to his nervous system, said he had ‘lost a lifeline’ after PHP scrapped the only disabled parking space at his home in Malthouse, Market Close.

Following the decision Mr Ball set up a petition, which received more than 100 signatures from residents calling for the space to be reinstated.

The 42-year-old, who can only walk short distances, said he was delighted the decision had been reversed.

He said: “I’m over the moon.

“I set-up a petition and handed it to them (PHP) with 64 signatures. We got a lot more after that as well – we ended up with around 120.”

Mr Ball said he was grateful to the Daily Echo for highlighting the issue and for everyone who signed the petition.

“If it wasn’t for the Echo I don’t think we would have got it back, he said.

“I would also like to express my thanks to the residents who have been very helpful and reassuring, especially in Market Close.

“It’s only when you go out and start petitioning you see every walk of life and there are a lot of people out there who are disabled, often people that are worse off than yourself,” he said.

Steve Richards, director of housing management at Poole Housing Partnership, said the bay had been reinstated following a trial period. Mr Richards said: “We temporarily suspended the disabled parking bay at Malthouse in response to reports that the space wasn’t being used.

“Following a trial period, the bay has been reinstated, and we are continuing to work with residents to balance the needs of everyone living in the area.”

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12:09pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

I'm still left wondering why the council chose to remove the space after reports from what I can only surmise is a jealous resident/s because they don't have a personal parking space .....

PHP - shameful behaviour removing the disabled parking space, knowing full well there is at least one disabled resident in the block!!
I'm still left wondering why the council chose to remove the space after reports from what I can only surmise is a jealous resident/s because they don't have a personal parking space ..... PHP - shameful behaviour removing the disabled parking space, knowing full well there is at least one disabled resident in the block!! Morrigan
  • Score: 11

12:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

adspacebroker says...

Steve Richards, director of housing management at Poole Housing Partnership - Oh why can't people just put their hands up and apologise for getting it wrong...it take a bigger person to do that I suppose rather than just pathetic excuses.
Steve Richards, director of housing management at Poole Housing Partnership - Oh why can't people just put their hands up and apologise for getting it wrong...it take a bigger person to do that I suppose rather than just pathetic excuses. adspacebroker
  • Score: 12

12:49pm Tue 22 Apr 14

forest-dweller says...

"agreed to reinstate a parking space for blue badge holders outside his home.".............t
he whole thing is ridiculous. Not that the bay has been reinstated, but that it is open to every blue badge holder to use. Years ago in a previous house, I asked the council about installing a bay and it was installed, only to be filled half the time by builders and shoppers and other fraudulent users. Why can;'t the bay be assigned to him alone? I never park in a bay outside someone's home as it is there for a reason and I can use the blue badge to park elsewhere.
"agreed to reinstate a parking space for blue badge holders outside his home.".............t he whole thing is ridiculous. Not that the bay has been reinstated, but that it is open to every blue badge holder to use. Years ago in a previous house, I asked the council about installing a bay and it was installed, only to be filled half the time by builders and shoppers and other fraudulent users. Why can;'t the bay be assigned to him alone? I never park in a bay outside someone's home as it is there for a reason and I can use the blue badge to park elsewhere. forest-dweller
  • Score: 12

2:19pm Tue 22 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Parking in Poole has always been an issue especially in Green rd and
Whatleigh close. Glad that Darin has his parking bay.
Parking in Poole has always been an issue especially in Green rd and Whatleigh close. Glad that Darin has his parking bay. guisselle
  • Score: 7

2:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Theres a lot of blue badge holders who are swinging the lead, as they say. I sometimes arrive early at the library and whilst waiting for it to open get to see the blue badges pull up and get out and then walk perfectly normally down the hill to M&S do do some shopping and then manage perfectly well to walk briskly back up the hill with heavy bags in each hand.

It's all a con. Seems the only qualification to get a blue badge here is Being over 60. And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them.
Theres a lot of blue badge holders who are swinging the lead, as they say. I sometimes arrive early at the library and whilst waiting for it to open get to see the blue badges pull up and get out and then walk perfectly normally down the hill to M&S do do some shopping and then manage perfectly well to walk briskly back up the hill with heavy bags in each hand. It's all a con. Seems the only qualification to get a blue badge here is Being over 60. And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

2:47pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Coles53 says...

In total agreement for Darren....this guy genuinely needs a space near his home ......get the system of residents parking sorted once and for all....why can workers and shoppers park and display disabled badges on road in Market Close and Old Poole and disappear for the day.....we pay for permits but invariably can't park......and why doesn't the 'residents only' system become operative after 6pm....again Blue Badge holders park unlimited.....someth
ing's more than wrong with the system!!!
In total agreement for Darren....this guy genuinely needs a space near his home ......get the system of residents parking sorted once and for all....why can workers and shoppers park and display disabled badges on road in Market Close and Old Poole and disappear for the day.....we pay for permits but invariably can't park......and why doesn't the 'residents only' system become operative after 6pm....again Blue Badge holders park unlimited.....someth ing's more than wrong with the system!!! Coles53
  • Score: 6

12:24am Wed 23 Apr 14

Rally says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Theres a lot of blue badge holders who are swinging the lead, as they say. I sometimes arrive early at the library and whilst waiting for it to open get to see the blue badges pull up and get out and then walk perfectly normally down the hill to M&S do do some shopping and then manage perfectly well to walk briskly back up the hill with heavy bags in each hand.

It's all a con. Seems the only qualification to get a blue badge here is Being over 60. And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them.
Usually, this is a case of the person who is visiting the library, shopping in M&S and the like is not the holder of the Blue Badge - the holder being either a passenger in the car, or at home having 'loaned' the vehicle to a relative or friend to fetch the shopping, visit the library and so on for them.

As for 'And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them.'
Chances are, Sir Beachy Head, that the vehicle is leased from Motability by a person on DLA Higher Rate.

Speaking as a disabled person (extensive ankylosing spondylitis) and Blue Badge holder for nearly 20 years, I say shame on you, Sir Beachy Head, for implying that we less-able-bodied drivers are all conning the State, etc.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Theres a lot of blue badge holders who are swinging the lead, as they say. I sometimes arrive early at the library and whilst waiting for it to open get to see the blue badges pull up and get out and then walk perfectly normally down the hill to M&S do do some shopping and then manage perfectly well to walk briskly back up the hill with heavy bags in each hand. It's all a con. Seems the only qualification to get a blue badge here is Being over 60. And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them.[/p][/quote]Usually, this is a case of the person who is visiting the library, shopping in M&S and the like is not the holder of the Blue Badge - the holder being either a passenger in the car, or at home having 'loaned' the vehicle to a relative or friend to fetch the shopping, visit the library and so on for them. As for 'And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them.' Chances are, Sir Beachy Head, that the vehicle is leased from Motability by a person on DLA Higher Rate. Speaking as a disabled person (extensive ankylosing spondylitis) and Blue Badge holder for nearly 20 years, I say shame on you, Sir Beachy Head, for implying that we less-able-bodied drivers are all conning the State, etc. Rally
  • Score: 1

1:59am Wed 23 Apr 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Theres a lot of blue badge holders who are swinging the lead, as they say. I sometimes arrive early at the library and whilst waiting for it to open get to see the blue badges pull up and get out and then walk perfectly normally down the hill to M&S do do some shopping and then manage perfectly well to walk briskly back up the hill with heavy bags in each hand.

It's all a con. Seems the only qualification to get a blue badge here is Being over 60. And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them.
I agree. Over 60's seem to always be getting blue badges yet my mother who has crippling fibromyalgia gets no help whatsoever. Another example of ageism in the uk.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Theres a lot of blue badge holders who are swinging the lead, as they say. I sometimes arrive early at the library and whilst waiting for it to open get to see the blue badges pull up and get out and then walk perfectly normally down the hill to M&S do do some shopping and then manage perfectly well to walk briskly back up the hill with heavy bags in each hand. It's all a con. Seems the only qualification to get a blue badge here is Being over 60. And they all seem to have expensive newish cars. Shame on them.[/p][/quote]I agree. Over 60's seem to always be getting blue badges yet my mother who has crippling fibromyalgia gets no help whatsoever. Another example of ageism in the uk. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 1

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