Car park dis­abled

Res­i­dents

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Tem­lett

Dis­abled driv­ers are be­ing put at a dis­ad­van­tage in the new Houldsworth car park.

That’s the view of Wishaw, Mur­dos­toun and For­tis­sat Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair­man Frank Cain.

At last week’s Lo­cal Area Part­ner­ship meet­ing in the Houldsworth Cen­tre, Mr Cain re­vealed con­cerns have been raised by res­i­dents who have used the new car park.

The £23mil­lion pound fa­cil­ity opened last year, with the new car park open­ing in June this year – a three-month de­lay on the orig­i­nal pro­jected open­ing in March.

The two-storey car park has space for 243 ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing dis­abled park­ing but Frank be­lieves it is sim­ply not good enough.

He said: “The dis­tance you have to walk from the dis­abled spa­ces is far too much for some el­derly peo­ple.

“The rea­son peo­ple will be us­ing these spa­ces is be­cause they’re not in great health and to ask them to walk so far is a strug­gle.

“When you look at the spa­ces too, a lot of peo­ple don’t use their blue badges and I think the car park needs to be pa­trolled bet­ter.

“I’ve had a lot of peo­ple com­plain to me about this and I wanted to raise the point

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Blue bays For dis­abled driv­ers at the Houldsworth Cen­tre Dan­ger­ous Frank Cain be­lieves dis­tance is too far

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Dis­ap­point­ment Ex­pressed by Frank Cain (cen­tre)

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