THE leading campaigner who fought to abolish disabled parking charges at Queen’s Hospital has called on people affected to take part in a consultation ahead of the introduction of a concessionary scheme.
Adrian Wedgwood (pictured) spoke to the Mail after it was revealed that charges at the Belvedere Road site would not be scrapped but instead a plan to ease the ‘financial burden’ on disabled visitors was outlined.
He said: “Hospital chief executive Helen Ashley conceded and agreed that changes were necessary and that the present charging structure disadvantaged disabled blue badge holders.
“She congratulated me on raising the profile of this matter and accepted that they ‘did not have a proper consultation prior to putting the existing scheme in place’ and that they would like me to be involved on a better consultation to avoid the pitfalls of the present schemes.
“I’m very grateful to the Burton Mail for highlighting my campaign and MPs who have supported demands that there should be concessions for blue badge holders.
“Now we await details of the new consultation events and we now need to make sure that the needs of disability groups, particularly blue badge holders, are made known to the hospital board.
“So far this “triumph of a small man over the power of a massive organisation” has borne the fruit of some recognition for blue badge holders with the opportunity to obtain concessions on the present scheme and I hope that the unique opportunity it presents will not be missed by those who should benefit.
“I’ve done my bit - disability groups need now to step up to the mark and make their voices heard.”
Yesterday the Mail reported how the town’s MP Andrew Griffiths said hospital bosses had ‘failed to listen’ after they decided to keep the charges in place.