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Blue Badge holders angry over van parked in disabled bay for nine months in Falmouth

By WBCraig  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

  • Blue badge holder Neil Patterson is angry that he can't park in the disabled bay

  • The illegally-parked van

  • The van with a sign claiming it is broken down

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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.

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  • pompeyfaith  |  August 23 2014, 12:26PM

    Having looked at Google map of the location these bays appear to be white, so you all need to up your campaign and due to the troubles with theses bays get them marked yellow.

  • pompeyfaith  |  August 23 2014, 12:05PM

    Is the bay marked with white or yellow lines? does not say but yellow is enforceable and white is not

  • Libbybrazier  |  May 23 2014, 4:45PM

    Both my husband and I have disabled blue badges. On frequent occasions we have tried to park in the Webber St disabled bay. We have been infuriated to find the van parked over one and half spaces with a parking ticket always attached on the windscreen. On one occasion because of the van we had the tail end of our car parked just into the loading bay. We received a parking ticket! Why does the council refuse to remove the van? I don't understand why the rest of the public are treated with no consideration but Mr Levey is allowed to be so disrespectful and apparently above the law. Who, by name and appointment, is responsible for enforcing parking regulations in Cornwall council? When exactly did the enforcement action period start? Why is the council reluctant to tell us this?

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  • FALBOUY  |  May 22 2014, 9:37PM

    GIVE HIM A BLUE BADGE

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  • FALBOUY  |  May 22 2014, 9:35PM

    I HOPE HE GETS A BLUE BADGE ,

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  • westieone  |  May 22 2014, 8:51PM

    He owns the fire engine on north parade and another van with a trailer that holds oil containers which was always getting tickets on high street. Why is the council letting him get away with it!!!! Makes me mad. Additionally I have seen him drive the wrong way up Webber Street at least twice in order to grab a space in the disabled bays. Anyone else would get fined and then the bailiffs would be out..... he should be charged on each fine. Oh and boycott the Thai Orchid hit him where it hurts. Perhaps some disabled people can picket it.

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  • somethintosay  |  May 22 2014, 1:19PM

    same guy that has a clapped out fire engine parked on north parade and has turned the former eight bar restaurant into an unsightly dumping ground

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  • jadevernon  |  May 22 2014, 12:25PM

    I was planning on going to the Thai Orchard for a meal. Now I will not.

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  • DipStick  |  May 22 2014, 11:58AM

    "... Mr Levey added that the van was also used to chauffeur him around since he was diagnosed with heart failure in September. ...". No wonder he hasn't moved his van, he's been dead for 6 months .... DS

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  • steve_100  |  May 22 2014, 10:35AM

    Seize the van,this is taking the **** !

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