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    Just a little rant!

    Very frustrating today as we were going to have a trip out.
    A car is parked right on the pavement so we can't get the electric wheelchair out. Access to our bungalow is from the back along the pavement to the car. The dropped pavement is at the back of the car and we can't make it that far.

    The police came out and tried their best however parking is all under council control now and they couldn't do a thing.

    Oh well Music Man having a kip, a quiet afternoon!

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    Forum Member Terry's Avatar
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    That's very frustrating MMW,

    That sounds like it could always be a risk and if you go out and come back to find a similar thing, disaster.

    The council might put some yellow lines down and even a disabled parking place, maybe ask the police to make a small report out to help things along.

    It is probably worth seeing if you can get a small curb folding ramp, his OT might even provide one.

    I do get very annoyed with some of the parking and I quite often stay on the road so I don't end up stuck.

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    I am sorry your outing was ruined by such an ignorant and selfish driver

    The fact that the parked car is on a pavement and is causing an obstruction to a wheelchair user should incur a fixed penalty notice.

    Have you checked your Council's website to see if parking enforcement can be contacted? Or take a photo of car, with reg plate visible, to send to them.

    Of course you could leave a note on the windscreen explaining how it impacted on MM's accessibility, or lack thereof, and the driver just may think twice about doing it again!!

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    Hi Music Man's Wife,

    Oh, how frustrating for you both. I agree with Terry's idea of asking the police to do a report. Would asking the local council for a dedicated disabled parking space be worth trying? Also, Ellie's idea of a note on the windscreen might yield results.
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    Hello MM's wife,

    If you are interested in applying for a disabled parking bay, I think the following information on your local Council's website might be useful:-

    http://https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/parking/disabledparking.asp
    ... and hopefully (from reading your posts) this is the correct website!

    I understand that even if the Council agrees to your request for a disabled parking bay, it can't be reserved exclusively for you (as other blue badge holders will be entitled to use it when it is empty) but having one close-by might be quite handy.

    I hope you are enjoying a relaxing afternoon but sorry to hear that you and your husband weren't able to go out.

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    Last edited by Kayleigh; 9th June 2019 at 19:12.

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    You've already got good advice MMW but just a little message to say that I agree with leaving a little polite note so it's a learning opportunity for the badly parked driver. Lynne
    ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my ballance.
    I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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    Thanks all. Some really good advice here. I'll contact the council tomorrow and will also ask the OT for the kerb ramp, that could solve a lot of problems.

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    Hi MMW;

    This is the type of ramp I'm thinking of:-
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3ft-90cm-...frcectupt=true

    But I also notice that they have these:-
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2XRubber-...frcectupt=true

    The first type might be more adaptable for different situations.

    Love Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Hi MMW;

    This is the type of ramp I'm thinking of:-
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3ft-90cm-...frcectupt=true

    But I also notice that they have these:-
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2XRubber-...frcectupt=true

    The first type might be more adaptable for different situations.

    Love Terry
    Thanks for that Terry, I like the look of those rubber ones.

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    Yes MMW:

    They would certainly do the job but quite heavy at 16 kg, I guess that's 8 kg each but worth checking before you order.
    Also they have a slight curve in them and they would have been better being straight.

    I also saw these:-
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Folding-W....c100010.m2109

    The risk of this type is that they could slide when getting on them when going down. You can stop that by putting your foot on the bottom till his got the big wheels on the top of the ramp.

    Love Terry

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