MP defends disabled bay parking

The car photographed outside Graham Evans' constituency office

The car photographed outside Graham Evans' constituency office

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WEAVER Vale MP Graham Evans has defended the use of a disabled bay next to his constituency office after a complaint from a member of the public.

A man, who asked not to be named, took pictures of Mr Evans’ car parked in the disabled space and described it as ‘inconsiderate behaviour’.

But Mr Evans said his staff park in the bay to ensure it is free for disabled visitors.

The Conservative MP, who has exclusive use of six parking spaces outside his Sheath Street office, said: “Unfortunately we have found that the spaces, including our allocated disabled bay, are regularly used by people who have no contact or business with my office.

"This can cause considerable difficulties for those seeking to visit my office, and in particular those with disabilities, who need close access to the disabled ramp.

“For that reason we do, on occasion, position one of our staff cars in our allocated disabled bay to ensure, should we have a visitor who requires access, we can guarantee they can use this space. This simply necessitates us moving our vehicle to another section of the site.

“My office is visited by hundreds of people every month. We aim to help everybody who passes through our doors. I am an ardent supporter of those who suffer a disability and have been involved in many initiatives seeking to help those living in such circumstances.”

Mr Evans has asked people not to take up the parking spaces unless they are visiting his office.

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4:44pm Wed 13 Aug 14

trainset1 says...

Oh, thats ok then ! Whenever I park in a disabled parking space I will be able to use the quote of my local MP and say that I'm saving it (the space) for when a disabled person wants to use it !! Really what a lame excuse from a supposedly responsible member of the community. My vote gone !
Oh, thats ok then ! Whenever I park in a disabled parking space I will be able to use the quote of my local MP and say that I'm saving it (the space) for when a disabled person wants to use it !! Really what a lame excuse from a supposedly responsible member of the community. My vote gone ! trainset1
  • Score: 25

5:02pm Wed 13 Aug 14

karl4i67 says...

If I was disabled how would I have known that was his car and gone in and asked for him to move it - not so good if you find it difficult to get in and out of a car!!!!! (Does it have a sign to say go in and asked for it to be moved) typical MP one rule for them and another for everyone else, if parking is so much of a problem he and his staff should use the bus!!
If I was disabled how would I have known that was his car and gone in and asked for him to move it - not so good if you find it difficult to get in and out of a car!!!!! (Does it have a sign to say go in and asked for it to be moved) typical MP one rule for them and another for everyone else, if parking is so much of a problem he and his staff should use the bus!! karl4i67
  • Score: 19

7:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Georgedog says...

This MP has spun the fact that He, not his staff, parked in a disabled parking space.. full stop. However your paper seems to be offering a platform for the MP to defend for the undefendable, by not challenging this lame excuse from the MP.
There now appears to be a cone outside the MP's office since this has come to light. Why didn't he use a cone before? and yes ! as the other comments have stated, Why wasn't there a sign in the car stating that the illegally parked car ws merely ' saving the space' for a disabled driver? laughable and very interesting that the newspaper failed to consider such a point when questioning the MP. This MP has a cheek thinking that his constituants are that stupid to except his excuse. INSULTING EXCUSE !
This MP has spun the fact that He, not his staff, parked in a disabled parking space.. full stop. However your paper seems to be offering a platform for the MP to defend for the undefendable, by not challenging this lame excuse from the MP. There now appears to be a cone outside the MP's office since this has come to light. Why didn't he use a cone before? and yes ! as the other comments have stated, Why wasn't there a sign in the car stating that the illegally parked car ws merely ' saving the space' for a disabled driver? laughable and very interesting that the newspaper failed to consider such a point when questioning the MP. This MP has a cheek thinking that his constituants are that stupid to except his excuse. INSULTING EXCUSE ! Georgedog
  • Score: 15

7:52pm Wed 13 Aug 14

hectorplain says...

Lazy inconsiderate person who has demonstrated quite clearly that he considers himself to be above the law.

I do hope he will be leaving office at the next election if not sooner.
Lazy inconsiderate person who has demonstrated quite clearly that he considers himself to be above the law. I do hope he will be leaving office at the next election if not sooner. hectorplain
  • Score: 21

8:44pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Why don't you come on over Valerie says...

More like he couldn't b bothered to walk the extra distance. He should be setting an example and considering others. If this was a member of the community the excuse would not be accepted and a fine would be put in place. An example should be made, very disappointed to off read this, I really hope the correct actions are taken
More like he couldn't b bothered to walk the extra distance. He should be setting an example and considering others. If this was a member of the community the excuse would not be accepted and a fine would be put in place. An example should be made, very disappointed to off read this, I really hope the correct actions are taken Why don't you come on over Valerie
  • Score: 14

9:35pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Cathy McShuffleTruffle says...

Well wasn't it conservative that said people should "get on their bike" not so long ago, maybe they should take a leaf out of their own book and use that method of transport to avoid embarrassing parking dilemmas? Pretty sure I can see someone peeping out of that wheelie bin too, a Labour red bin back bencher maybe, gathering evidence?
Well wasn't it conservative that said people should "get on their bike" not so long ago, maybe they should take a leaf out of their own book and use that method of transport to avoid embarrassing parking dilemmas? Pretty sure I can see someone peeping out of that wheelie bin too, a Labour red bin back bencher maybe, gathering evidence? Cathy McShuffleTruffle
  • Score: 10

9:53am Thu 14 Aug 14

Olwyn Dean says...

I can't believe that this man thinks that is a good excuse. I find it difficult to walk more than a few yards but I don't have a blue badge as I have constantly tried to convince myself that I don't need one. As a consequence I don't go shopping or anywhere else. If I wanted to visit our MP I would use my walking sticks and take someone with me (I suffer falls as a result of my arthritis) and would park in an ordinary space. If I am willing to go through so much pain to get into his office one has to ask what makes him think he can park in the disabled space?
I can't believe that this man thinks that is a good excuse. I find it difficult to walk more than a few yards but I don't have a blue badge as I have constantly tried to convince myself that I don't need one. As a consequence I don't go shopping or anywhere else. If I wanted to visit our MP I would use my walking sticks and take someone with me (I suffer falls as a result of my arthritis) and would park in an ordinary space. If I am willing to go through so much pain to get into his office one has to ask what makes him think he can park in the disabled space? Olwyn Dean
  • Score: 12

11:11am Sat 16 Aug 14

StevieGa says...

The MP does NOT have exclusive use of the car park, and he knows it.
The MP does NOT have exclusive use of the car park, and he knows it. StevieGa
  • Score: 8

12:45pm Sun 17 Aug 14

hectorplain says...

I never park in disabled places.

I have a superb pair of beautifully formed pins that operate correctly.

I would not want to tempt fate by pretending otherwise just to save a few steps.

I, I, I, me me me.
I never park in disabled places. I have a superb pair of beautifully formed pins that operate correctly. I would not want to tempt fate by pretending otherwise just to save a few steps. I, I, I, me me me. hectorplain
  • Score: 4

2:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Helene68 says...

Further to this news story, if the MP is parking in the disabled space as he has said , to save it for blue badge holders, why has he now stopped parking in said bay and saves a space for himself with a traffic cone?
Also, I was wondering why the Guardian have seen fit to remove the story and all the comments off facebook. was this at Mr Evans' request?
Further to this news story, if the MP is parking in the disabled space as he has said , to save it for blue badge holders, why has he now stopped parking in said bay and saves a space for himself with a traffic cone? Also, I was wondering why the Guardian have seen fit to remove the story and all the comments off facebook. was this at Mr Evans' request? Helene68
  • Score: 4

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