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Are these people really disabled?

PUBLISHED: 11:26 21 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 06 July 2010

Having lived close to the entrance of the Kessingland car boot sale for the last 10 years, I read with anticipation that the authorities were going to clamp down on the illegal parking around the nearby roads.

Having lived close to the entrance of the Kessingland car boot sale for the last 10 years, I read with anticipation that the authorities were going to clamp down on the illegal parking around the nearby roads.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate them on the vast improvement to this situation. But I feel they could still go that step further.

On the morning of May 16, I went to leave my house to go out with my family on a sunny Sunday morning; However, I was disappointed to find a car parked on double yellow lines, close to the junction and opposite the entrance to our driveway.

This makes it extremely frustrating to try to get out of our drive.

The other issue that irritates me is that of the so-called disabled drivers who insist on parking on the double yellow line close to the junction of the High Street and Whites Lane. Some of these drivers mockingly display the blue badge, then get out of their car and go for a stroll around the car- boot sale, quite often returning laden with all their wares.

Having researched the criteria for getting one of these badges, I wonder if the local authorities would like to contact me and discuss how and why some of these drivers are not having the badge removed as they are clearly not disabled; the walk from my home to the car boot and back, including a stroll around all the stalls, must be in the region of two miles.

Not bad for someone who, to attain one of these badges, must meet the criteria of having severe difficulty walking any distance!

When I recently challenged a special constable, after witnessing her asking a blue badge holder to reverse a car's length away from the junction and then watching the driver get out of his car and go on his way to the car boot, I was informed by her that the police could not stop this. And this despite a recent story in a national newspaper reporting that a woman who lost one of her legs had her application for a blue badge turned down.

If the special constable does has not have the power to report this abuse of the system, someone who has the authority to get these people's badges removed should visit this site on Sundays. Unfortunately, these so-called disabled people are spoiling the system for the genuine disabled drivers who need and rely on these blue badges to get around.

Simon Hirst

High Street

Kessingland

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