Charlie, 83, in appeal for disabled bay as drive is often inaccessible
Charlie suffers stress and anxiety which was made worse when he was unable to access his part of the driveway to park on due to the numerous construction trucks that were parked on the pavement whilst work was conducted.
by Shane Gibson
Charlie Martin has lived on Station Road in Filton for over 50 years. He is 83 years old and in ill health due to lung, skin, and throat cancer. He also has a tracheotomy and finds it difficult to communicate over the telephone.
Charlie shares a driveway with a neighbouring property which this year was converted into a 5-bedroom HMO. Charlie suffers stress and anxiety which was made worse when he was unable to access his part of the driveway to park on due to the numerous construction trucks that were parked on the pavement whilst work was conducted.
Charlie applied to South Glos Council for an advisory disabled persons parking bay to be allocated to his space on the road, allowing him to access his car without the anxiety of having to pass other vehicles who would now potentially have access to the driveway, and allow him to secure a place where the car would be visible from his living room.
Charlie has shared with the Filtonvoice his personal statement that he attached to the application.
“Due to the large number of HMOs in Station Road, parking has become a very big problem, people working from home has also not helped. I have a shared drive and the house I share it with is being converted at present into a five person HMO. This will no doubt add to the parking problems.
"If I park on the drive, I find cars blocking my exit and due to the narrowness of the road pulling out is very dangerous as vision is impaired by parked vehicles.
"Hence, I leave the car on the road. Also, I have had a disabled blue badge for 13 years.”
Andrea Bonomi from Traffic Management (Assess & Decide) at South Gloucestershire Council, refused Charlie’s application for a disabled bay on the grounds that off street facilities were available.
Charlies’ daughter-in-law Heather said: “They have rejected Charlie's claims because he has a driveway and a garage even though he hasn't been able to access it for the past 6 months!
"We are also aware of other properties in neighbouring roads that also have these "off street" facilities, but nevertheless have been granted disabled bays.
"Exactly how do the Council pick and choose who gets what?”
Heather informed us that earlier this year Charlie was hit by a motorist whilst trying to get down off his driveway.
“There is a severe lack of street lighting, but motorists still choose to use it as a rat run to avoid the appalling traffic on the ring road and tear down it all speeds to get to their destinations,” she said.
Filtonvoice has spoken with district councillor Adam Monk who said: "This sounds like policies gone mad. I will see what I can get done.”