More Disabled Parking needed in St Francis

Following on from yesterday’s post regarding road and parking improvements envisaged by St Francis Property Owners in the 2018 SRA proposal, there is one aspect of parking that shopping centre owners simply have to pay attention to and to do so without any delay. Last week I had occasion to meet a friend of mine and her daughter-in-law who have been visiting St Francis over the holidays. The daughter tragically had a horse riding accident some years ago that has left her wheel chair bound.

We initially agreed to meet at Pedal and Spoke but as I arrived early I did a reconnoitre of the parking only to find there was not a single spot to park anywhere in the vicinity of Pedal & Spoke, Rambling Rose or Christies. I quickly called my friend and recommended that we rather meet in the old village at Tails & Thyme. Thankfully two vehicles vacated parking bays almost directly outside ‘Tails’ almost as the friend and were able to park with plenty of room for the daughter to extricate and set up her wheelchair.

As adept as paraplegics are at setting up their wheelchairs and as much as they insist on being independent we still need to make life as easy as possible for the disabled.  Whilst wheelchairs can access ‘Tails’ from the car park opposite Kouga Print, possibly the owners could designate the two adjacent parking spots for disable parking only.  The owner could possibly also create a small ramp as the ground is uneven and a ramp would go a long way to making access a little easier.

It seems there are just two disable parking bays in the village, one outside the main entrance to SPAR and the other outside the Pharmacy, both of which are regularly abused by people who should know better.

It would be interesting to have shops, restaurants, coffee shops, B&B’s and guest houses make COMMENTS what the offer to make access and facilities more accessble by  paraplegics and the disabled. Tell us about you facilities and St Francis Today will create a page on our website where will happily give disable friendly businesses a free advert on that page.