Care cen­tres’ park­ing plea

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY LEE LIXENBERG

JEWISH CARE is plead­ing with Red­bridge Coun­cil park­ing chiefs to adopt a com­mon sense approach to driv­ers leav­ing their cars near the Vi and John Rubens and Den­nis cen­tres in Gants Hill, fol­low­ing com­plaints about overof­fi­cious war­dens.

Among the com­plainants is Chigwell pen­sioner Stan­ley Pos­ner, who was given a park­ing ticket out­side Rubens House while visit­ing his 101year-old mother-in-law.

“I was ab­so­lutely fu­ri­ous,” said Mr Pos­ner, 70. “My mother-in law’s blue [dis­abled] badge was clearly vis­i­ble on the dash­board, but be­cause one sec­tion over­lapped the other slightly, they gave me a ticket.

“What an­noyed me even more was see­ing a Dial-a-Ride ve­hi­cle — clearly tak­ing peo­ple to the Den­nis Cen­tre up the road — with a park­ing ticket the fol­low­ing day.”

Ac­cus­ing war­dens of be­ing “un­nec- es­sar­ily of­fi­cious”, Mr Pos­ner added: “They know full well that there are num­ber of ve­hi­cles parked in Clarence Av­enue be­long­ing to vis­i­tors to the two cen­tres.”

Jewish Care com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Neil Tay­lor told the JC of his dis­ap­point­ment at the prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced by vol­un­teers and vis­i­tors to the cen­tres, which cater for el­derly res­i­dents and de­men­tia suf­fer­ers. He has writ­ten to the coun­cil ap­peal­ing for Mr Pos­ner’s penalty to be can­celled.

“We would like the coun­cil to con­sider the needs of our clients at the cen­tres — and ac­cess to the cen­tres is ex­tremely im­por­tant.”

A coun­cil spokesman urged dis­abled vis­i­tors to ap­ply for blue badges and driv­ers of dis­abil­ity ve­hi­cles and coaches to make use of the nearby am­bu­lance bay.

“We are al­ways happy to look into prob­lems con­cern­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and in­ves­ti­gate in­di­vid­ual penalty no­tices.”

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