Parking space puzzle for pensioner

Derek Booth, 83, of Devonshire Road, Chorley, with councillor Ralph Snape.
Derek Booth, 83, of Devonshire Road, Chorley, with councillor Ralph Snape.
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An 83-year-old resident has been told his disabled parking space outside his house is too small - despite it being repainted the same size just a few weeks ago.

Lancashire County Council says Derek Booth must reapply for a bigger space.

Yet its workmen have just repainted the same white markings - and disabled sign - around it.

Former ROF employee Derek, of Devonshire Road, Chorley, who has had a hip replacement, triple heart by-pass operation and wears a pacemaker, had the disabled space and sign marked out five years ago.

“They’ve told me I have to reapply for it because the markings aren’t the standard size markings - but they put them there five years ago,” he explained.

“Since then, three doors down, they’ve put markings on. But the lady that had it, who was disabled, left shortly after. Somebody else has moved in and never reapplied for it, but the county council put a sign up saying this is a disabled area.

“They actually put that sign on when that lady had it and took it down when they left. They didn’t get the writing off the road, they said it will fade away.

“I asked for a sign and their excuse is it’s not marked out big enough. It’s big enough for my car.

“Since then, they’ve come back and remarked it exactly on the road, so it’s not been made bigger, it’s just the same size.It’s absolutely stupid.”

Ward councillor Ralph Snape said: “I think it’s just unbelievable. County just don’t know what the right arm’s doing and what the left arm’s doing. It’s not funny when the ratepayers of Chorley borough are paying for these kind of actions.”

Andrew Burrows, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Chorley, said: “We are aware of Mr Booth’s request for a change in the size of the bay and have discussed the process with him.

“We’ve asked him to complete an application form to provide us with all the information we need to fully consider the request.”