CAMPAIGNERS are fighting against a ban on disabled parking in a busy part of Havant.
Last month Havant Borough Council prohibited blue badge holders parking on double-yellow lines in Bulbeck Road – which is behind the main shopping street.
Disabled drivers had been parking on double-yellows along the road for years, but safety concerns were raised after delivery lorries had to mount the pavements and one even had to reverse back into the heavily-congested Park Road South.
Disabled drivers are normally allowed to park on double-yellow lines, but the council painted double-yellow markers on the kerb as well.
This prohibits any blue badge holder parking there.
Since the changes were introduced on February 21, 43 parking fines have been given out.
The fines are £70 – reduced to £35 if paid within two weeks. This is the higher penalty because it is parking on double-yellows.
The lower penalty – such as overstaying in a council car park – is £50.
Pete Walden, chairman of Havant over-50s forum, said: ‘We are not very happy about this.
‘They have said sorry it’s too late.
‘We believe the council has gone over the top and it should think again.’
The council said it issued warning notices to drivers for the first fortnight of the scheme before moving on to fines.
Deputy leader David Guest, whose ward covers the town centre, said: ‘We have double-yellow lines to discourage or prevent parking. They are there for a reason to allow better access down the road.
‘A lot of disabled people do park on double-yellow lines.
‘That’s a concession controlled by the county council. Hopefully people will use that responsibly.’
He added: ‘If there’s a genuine grievance, then that will be listened to and we would look at the whole set-up and see whether it needs reviewing.’