DISABLED drivers have hit out against the owner of a van which has been repeatedly ticketed after being left in a disabled parking bay in Falmouth.
Businessman Adam Levey, who says the van belongs to an employee, has infuriated neighbouring business-owners and disabled drivers by parking on Webber Street since September.
Despite spiralling fines, neither the landlord of the Thai Orchid restaurant in High Street and the leaseholder for the former Eight Bar and Kitchen in Webber Street, nor his employee, has paid the penalty charge notices (PCN) issued in relation to their vehicles.
Blue badge-holder Neil Patterson said: “He thinks he is above the law. I’m very angry that I can’t park in a bay.
“He leaves a sign saying it is broken down but it isn’t.
“He moves it between the other disabled parking bays on The Moor.”
Another disabled driver, who did not want to be named, said: “I think it’s ridiculous and disrespectful that the owner gets away with it when somebody like me, with a disability, cannot park there. It’s not fair.”
The manager of charity shop Posh Pants, Sharon Wincott, said: “I think it’s really unfair. The van is big enough to take up almost two spaces. It is one of the only places they (disabled drivers) can park.”
A local estate agent said he had seen the current van parked there since Christmas.
Mr Levey admitted he parked his own people carrier in that space between September and Christmas.
He also admitted one of his employees started parking his own van in the disabled bay to transport building materials to and from 8 to 10 Webber Street, which Mr Levey and his employees are renovating.
“We are working in the building opposite and we are moving some quite heavy stuff,” said Mr Levey.
“I literally cannot park anywhere else. Where are the disabled drivers? Those parking spaces are empty most of the time.”
Mr Levey added that the van was also used to chauffeur him around since he was diagnosed with heart failure in September.
When asked if his employee planned to pay the PCNs, Mr Levey said: “He is not going to pay. They are statutes, they are only an invitation to pay.”
Cornwall Council confirmed it had issued “a number” of parking tickets to the owner of the van, but would not say how many.
One local businessman said he saw numerous tickets in the footwell of Mr Levey’s people carrier before Christmas. Another business-owner estimated that he had received more than 50 PCNs since the new year.
Cornwall Council said the van could be seized by bailiffs after a three-month process, which started when the owner received his first ticket.