A Stirling pensioner whose mobility is impaired through a muscle condition hit out this week after disabled parking spaces on a city centre street were taken up by a large container.
Blue badge holder Margaret Phillips, from Raploch, was on Monday out on a shopping trip with her husband Charles who was driving.
When Mr Phillips tried to find a disabled parking space in Dumbarton Road he found three or four were taken up by the container
Retired cleaner Mrs Phillips (75) was diagnosed with Gullain-Barre Syndrome five years ago. It causes paralysis in her back.
She told the Observer: “All the other disabled parking spaces had been taken up and we thought we would try Dumbarton Road, but there was a huge container sitting over a good few disabled spaces. It was over the pavement as well.
“So my husband couldn’t park our car there either. Whoever is responsible for the container should be ashamed. It’s very inconsiderate.
“There aren’t enough disabled parking spaces in Stirling as it is and it’s very annoying to find that they’ve been blocked by a container.”
Retired housing officer Mr Phillips (66) said he was stunned to find the container placed on the disabled spaces.
He added: “We’d already tried to get a disabled space with no success. I thought there might have been a chance to get one on Dumbarton Road. I was shocked to find a container there taking up quite a few spaces. I eventually managed to find a space on King Street after driving round town again, but it wasn’t the best place to park.”
The container – which houses a generator and a workers’ office – is being used as part of building works on Wolfcraigs on Dumbarton Road.
A Stirling Council spokesperson said: “To allow works to proceed on Wolfcraigs and scaffolding to be erected, the contractors CBC were given permission to site a container in ‘permit only’ bays near the junction of Allan Park.
“Due to cars parking in this area without permission, the container was temporarily placed on other bays while they work with police to have the vehicles moved, and allow the container to be placed in its correct position. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”