Narrow parks frustrate drivers

NARROW disabled access carparking spaces are frustrating drivers who rely on them.

A blind woman and her volunteer driver were so fed up with the difficulty of using council-owned carparks, they asked The Advocate to highlight the problem.

“You’ve got to know where they are and then you struggle to get in and out of the vehicle. It takes forever,” volunteer driver Renee McLaren said. “Sight impairment makes it very difficult to negotiate a narrow space while trying to lead a guide dog out of a car.”

The solution for carparks like the Park Avenue multi-storey one is simple, she believes.

It’s easy. Just paint over the lines and re-do them. It’s in council’s interest to widen the carspaces so they don’t face litigation.”

Disability advocate and wheelchair user Raymond Munro said the narrow disability accessible carspaces in Park Avenue and other public carparks has long been a problem. He confirmed representations have been made over several years to the Coffs Harbour City Council Access Advisory Committee, of which he is a community member.

“They put their ruddy lines down and it might even be the right width, but they’ve got the line in the middle of the pillars,” Mr Munro said.

Coffs Harbour City Council guidelines requires spaces to be 3200mm wide.

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