Plea to use park­ing spa­ces as in­tended

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

An angry mum has hit out at self­ish mo­torists park­ing in Ruther­glen Ex­change shop­ping cen­tre.

The young mum, who asked not to be named, tried to get a par­ent and child park­ing space at the cen­tre on Mon­day, but could only watch as the mo­torist in front took the space.

And she was shocked to see an older woman get out of the car with­out a child - and then said she was us­ing the space so her car wasn’t dam­aged.

The mum said: “I drove into the car park with my wee girl, to try and get a par­ent and child space.

“But a woman drove into it, and when I got out my car I could see she didn’t have any chil­dren with her, so I asked her if I could go in, be­cause I had a child, but she re­fused to move.

“She was quite cheeky about it and told me she didn’t want to risk her car get­ting scratched. The woman then told me there were quite a few other spa­ces where I could go to park.

“It’s ridicu­lous, be­cause when you’ve got a child with you, you need that ex­tra space to get them out the car, and a nor­mal space won’t do.

“She then told me she would have moved if I was dis­abled!

“I tried to com­plain to the staff in the shop­ping cen­tre, but they told me that par­ent and child spa­ces are not com­pul­sory.

“I was so angry about it - it’s the whole prin­ci­ple of it.”

The Re­former con­tacted Jane Cowan, the man­ager of Ruther­glen Ex­change shop­ping cen­tre, who urged users of the car park to use the spa­ces as they are in­tended.

She said: “The car park is self­polic­ing, so we ask driv­ers to re­spect other peo­ple us­ing it.”

She was quite cheeky about it

An­gered This car parked was in a par­ent and child space at Ruther­glen Ex­change shop­ping cen­tre - with­out the driver hav­ing a child with them

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