Misuse of disabled bays forces woman to walk into town

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People parking in disabled-only bays is leaving one woman having to walk into the town centre, despite her mobility issues.

Lisa Smith, from Essex Avenue, Sudbury, is growing increasingly frustrated at inconsiderate drivers parking in clearly marked disabled only bays in Sudbury town centre, without any identification that they are allowed to park there.

She has hit out at tradesmen using the disabled bays near The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and at the misuse of the bay in North Street.

“I was only registered disabled this year, I had never noticed it before,” she said. “I have to walk in and with my hips, by the time I get back to my car it’s a killer.”

Mrs Smith was given her disabled parking badge for undiagnosed hip problems.

The mother of two said the town simply needed more enforcement.

“You go down town and you never see any parking wardens or police officers,” she said. “People park where they like as there’s no one to stop them.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: “The Safer Neighbourhood Team in Sudbury will enforce parking restrictions where possible, although they do not have an officer dedicated solely to this role.”

Suffolk Police is looking to transfer parking enforcement to the local authority.