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Mobility scooter user appeals for Grantham drivers to park with care

A pensioner who rides a mobility scooter is appealing for drivers to think before they park on the pavement.

Ian Cumming, 65, of Barrowby, relies on his mobility scooter to get out and about - but says that ‘thoughtless drivers’ are making the pavements impassable for people in mobility scooters and parents with pushchairs.

Ian, who served 15 years in the army and suffered shrapnel wounds in his leg, said: “I often have to travel along Dysart Road. I like to visit the Saturday market and also go to the Co-op and the Priory pub, but I often find myself having to weave in and out of cars, which have been parked on the pavement.

“It has definitely got worse in the past few years.

“I’ve even been forced to ride on the road in the face of on-coming traffic just to get by, but as I can only travel really slow, cars are always honking their horns to get by.

“It’s not just me though. It makes it equally dangerous for parents with children in pushchairs.”

Ian Cumming uses his mobility scooter to go into town. (3055322)
Ian Cumming uses his mobility scooter to go into town. (3055322)

Despite confronting some of the car owners, Ian said that he has only been met with abuse.

He added: “They just say that I am not meant to be on the pavement in my mobility scooter. They don’t seem to realise the difficulties that it causes.”

Executive member for Highways Coun Richard Davies said: “We were sorry to hear about the gentleman’s difficulties.

“Parking on the pavement is legal, unless there’s a parking restriction in place, usually indicated by yellow lines.

“However, if the vehicle is causing an obstruction, the police may be able to take action, so we would encourage the gentleman to raise his concerns with them.”

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