Badges too hard for some

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I agree with Dee Gordon and M Stokes. A person’s entitlement to a Blue Badge should be fully assessed and the application process did need to be tightened up to prevent fraud (September 6).

However, my frustration is where it is obvious the applicant has difficulty in walking. For example, one of my relatives has paget’s disease in his hips. This disease of bone can result in enlarged and misshapen bones. The excessive breakdown and formation of bone tissue causes affected bone to weaken, resulting in pain, misshapen bones, fractures, and arthritis. He walks with a frame indoors and goes in a wheelchair when taken out. He has carers to get him washed and dressed and owns various aids.

My point was, in this case, would it not be easier to accept the GP’s advice of his condition as a discretionary entitlement? Or at least allow one to be considered in the application process. Maybe then it could be speeded up and we would not have been waiting since May for them to be processed.

Tracey Wightman

Victoria Avenue

Rayleigh

...I have read the recent letters about difficulties to obtain a Blue Badge. It is typical of public bodies to go from the sublime to the ridiculous. For years the badges were handed out like confetti, to the point where the genuinely disabled despaired as so many apparently fit people parked in disabled bays. This is a cop-out by local authorities for not having provided enough disabled bays in the first place.

Basildon Council only provides 13 bays in the town centre and has recently condoned Euro Car Parks removing disabled bays, presumably to save money on blue paint!

Colin Taylor

Wickhay

Basildon

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5:00pm Mon 10 Sep 12

padi diver says...

I am a blue badge holder as I use an electric wheelchair which rides into the rear of my vehicle, the application for the badge was dealt with by the Social Services and I got this within a week of renewing, so far this has been taken out of the hands of the Social Services and now is dealt with by Essex County Council. I must say that the time limit seems to have increased to infinity I have now been waiting nearly 3 months for my renewed badge and I still am told each time I phone that it will be dealt with soon. I am unable to park near to the shops and am unable to use disabled parking bays. How much harder is it than this
I am a blue badge holder as I use an electric wheelchair which rides into the rear of my vehicle, the application for the badge was dealt with by the Social Services and I got this within a week of renewing, so far this has been taken out of the hands of the Social Services and now is dealt with by Essex County Council. I must say that the time limit seems to have increased to infinity I have now been waiting nearly 3 months for my renewed badge and I still am told each time I phone that it will be dealt with soon. I am unable to park near to the shops and am unable to use disabled parking bays. How much harder is it than this padi diver
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