Paignton blue badge man blasts Torbay Council despite parking ticket victory
BLUE badge holder Paul Maddick has criticised Torbay Council — despite winning a battle over a parking ticket.
The Paignton resident received a £70 ticket while parking on double yellow lines in Station Lane — which disabled drivers are allowed to do when they go to the library.
Mr Maddick received a ticket after parking by a dropped kerb which he says is confusing for users because there is no sign to say it is a pedestrian crossing.
Mr Maddick, a former RAF aircraft fitter who has lived in the St Michael's area of the town since 1975, maintained it was not a proper crossing because there is no dropped kerb opposite making it unusable for pedestrians, the disabled, wheelchair users, the blind or mums with prams.
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Mr Maddick, 73, a grandfather of four and great grandfather of one, said: "The only people who can legitimately use this space are disabled people."
He was ticketed early in October when he took his disabled wife Edna to the library.
He said: "It's not a pedestrian footway because there is no dropped kerb on the side opposite.
"If a blind man crossed the road he would trip up on the other side of the road because there is a high kerb opposite. Wheelchairs can't use it either. I'm really incensed by this."
Local ward councillor Bobbie Davies said she had taken Mr Maddick's case up with the authority.
After visiting the site, she said: "I have asked Torbay Council to sort it out. There is no sign out there to say whether it is a disabled parking bay or a pedestrian crossing.
"The problem is it doesn't go in a straight line which is a problem for visually impaired people.
"If it is confusing for people then Torbay Council should be doing something about it.
"It's important that disabled people can access the library. It's not right for wardens to ticket them if they display their blue badge correctly."
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "In line with our challenge procedure, we have looked carefully into this matter and as a result we have written to the motorist to advise that we have cancelled the penalty charge notice.
"The Department for Transport booklet issued to blue badge holders gives useful advice, warning against parking where the vehicle could cause an obstruction or a danger to other road users.
"We wish to point out that in addition to the benefits provided by a blue badge, the council works hard to provide facilities for people with disabilities.
"These include dedicated disabled spaces both on and off street, and discounted parking permits."