Bexley council has a well deserved reputation for its spiteful and dishonest approach to parking matters and the disabled are not spared their vindictiveness. For example, the deliberately misleading parking restriction signs in the Bowling Centre car park were maintained even after the Parking Adjudicator criticised them and more recently their lying over the signs outside KFC in the Broadway have been serialised here. They are still at it and yesterday the Parking Adjudicator again recommended that Bexley council takes another look at the case.
I found the appellant, and his partner who was a blue badge holder, to be honest and credible witnesses. I have no doubt whatsoever that the account given by both was actually what happened. The appellant's partner is a blue badge holder and has been such for the past 22 years. I understand that throughout the past 22 years, and since she was 16 years of age, she has never had a blue badge contravention. She has never abused the terms and conditions of her blue badge.
On this occasion when she got out of the vehicle, and after placing the badge on her dashboard as she always does, she left the vehicle with her partner. On return to the vehicle the badge was on the floor well inside of the vehicle. She had inadvertently knocked the badge off whilst getting out of the vehicle. The appellant has a number of physical disabilities which I shall not dwell on, but it is due to her condition that on this occasion the badge was knocked off. I would urge the Authority to take this determination and my findings into account when determining whether there should be any further enforcement.
PATAS Case Reference: 2120541685
Maybe it’s worth an FOI to see what Bexley council does about that. If they had an ounce of humility they would have dropped their persecution at the initial appeal stage but as we learned from the disabled ex-policeman’s story they never do anything then except chuck it back at the appellant. It may not be legal but it is what they do
Bexley council: © News Shopper. “A mob of nasty, evil people who seem to thrive on other people’s pain and hurt”