Disabled driver’s parking fine at Bearsden Cross

A disabled driver has hit out at the council after receiving a parking ticket in Bearsden while helping her elderly mother into her flat.

Heather Kirk (60), from Milngavie, appealed the ticket issued outside her mother’s flat in Douglas Place.

However, this was rejected - a decision the retired nurse called “heartless”.

Heather, who suffers from fibromyalgia, which effects energy levels, has a blue badge in her car and thought she would be ok.

She said: “My mother is 94-years old and needs help to get up the stairs of her flat. I was only parked for a matter of minutes and think this is a bit heartless. I don’t know what I am supposed to do.”

Diane Campbell, director of governance and regulation, said: “Everyone issued with a Blue Badge in East Dunbartonshire gets a booklet which details their rights and responsibilities as a badge holder.

“In Scotland, Blue Badge holders may park on roads where there are single or double yellow lines for as long as they need to, unless there are further restrictions such as loading restrictions which are indicated by yellow kerb dashes and/or signs/plates and also bus stops, which are also clearly marked.

“A no loading restriction is in place on the east side of Douglas Place seven days a week and has been in force for many years. On the west side of Douglas Place there is a one hour parking restriction.

“These are in place to promote pedestrian and road traffic safety as well as allowing traffic to flow freely.”