15:47 Monday 11 November 2013

Disabled man hits out at time restrictions in an Ely car park

Written byNATALIE ROBINSON

A DISABLED man has slammed parking restrictions in an Ely car park.

Eddie Holden has been a long time user of the Brays Lane car park, near Waitrose. Disabled users of the car park used to be able to stay for as long as they needed.

However, since it changed ownership to Britannia Parking Ltd, disabled people are now faced with a two hour limit – or hit with a £70 fine.

Mr Holden said: “The council had it so disabled people could park there for as long as they liked but now Waitrose has taken it over and they are employing Britannia Parking Ltd.

“All disabled people are down to two hours like everyone else. If you are over two hours you get an instant £70 fine from the warden who walks around the car park.”

The Little Downham resident has already received a warning for staying over two hours. He was also concerned about what the new restrictions would do for footfall in Ely.

He added: “Before this I could park and stay for however long I wanted and needed which meant I could come into Ely and look around all of the shops and get what I needed in my own time.

“Now I have to come in and just go into some shops. I couldn’t stop for a meal or anything like that if I wanted to because there’s no time.

“Ely is going to lose out on people spending money because they don’t have time to look around the city centre.”

And Mr Holden is not the only person to be angered by the new time limit.

Ely resident Arthur Cutter said: “In the past I have been parking in the disabled bay but now I park in a different car park just to avoid the charges and limit.

“I do still use the car park but you have to be quite careful about how long you’re out for.”

Britannia Parking said they were unaware of the complaint and did not wish to comment.

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