Friday, 24 February 2012

Disabled Parking Update.

Today I received a phone call from the supermarket that I emailed about their disabled parking bays. Although they were very apologetic, basically they told me there was nothing they could really do to enforce the parking bays. The problem is that they don't run the car parks, its down to a third party car park company. I will be contacting this company this week seeing if they will do anything about the disabled bays, but I don't hold out much hope.

The supermarket did say that when their staff walk through the car park they will note the illegally parked cars registration numbers and call them to the help desk, then explain to them that they shouldn't park there, then ask them to move, I hope they do this but can't see it myself. They also said that if I arrive at the supermarket and find the disabled bays full because of illegal parking, that I should note the numbers down, then get my carer to pop into store and they will announce them over the tannoy. I didn't like this idea but if its the only way for me to get in and out of the car, I will have to do it. Would love to hear of more people asking the supermarkets to ask these people to move their cars, eventually they may get the message.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Disabled Parking Bay Abuse

Recently I have been really disappointed with my local supermarket for not enforcing their disabled parking bays. This is one of, if not the biggest supermarket chain in the UK, so its not a resources matter.

For me, like many others, not being able to park in a allocated disabled parking space makes any kind of shopping trip a lot more difficult, and at times I have to turn around and drive else where. I don't like people to go out the way to accommodate me, but a bit of common courtesy isn't out of the question, surely?

I would be ashamed if I was able bodied and was making life a lot harder for someone who needs a disabled space. For them its the fact that they can park closer to the store, for myself the wider bays enable be to get out of the car and into a wheelchair. On occasion people have been getting out of the car at the same time as me, have glanced over at me and had a pang of guilt, but instead of moving the car they put a fake limp on for a few yards until they think I cant see them anymore, they are that pathetic.

I will be writing to the head office of this supermarket brand to ask them to help the less able bodied amongst us. I know its not a major thing, but it is one of those little things that make life easier, I will have to remind them every little helps! It wouldn't be hard for a staff member to occasionally patrol the disabled parking bays and leave a notice on the offending cars reminding them that they shouldn't be parked there.

I will keep you all informed on any replies that I receive off them and if anything is going to change

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Having a Flair!

Having a flair is nothing new to me but this one I'm going through at the moment has really hit me hard. I think the reason for this is that I have had a good couple of weeks, so when I'm on the roller coaster that is arthritis I have felt this dip more than ever. The aches and pains just make me feel so tired that I don't feel like doing anything at all which results in feeling very depressed.

Hope this doesn't last too long because I'm feeling like rubbish and its an effort to even smile at the moment.