Friday October 26, 2012
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP met with Bill and Margaret Perry from Erskine Park this week to start a campaign for accessible parking spaces to be provided on main road shopping strips in Penrith City, such as Queen Street in St Marys and High Street in Penrith.
Mrs Davies first met Mr Perry when he approached her in 2008, when she worked with Council to address disability access problems at the Erskine Park Village shopping centre. Mrs Davies said she has been working with the Perry's on this issue since they approached her earlier in the year.
"Bill and Margaret came to see me because of the difficulty that they experience trying to find parking close to doctors, chemists and other essential services in St Marys and Penrith"
"Margaret is a holder of a disability parking permit because she can't walk long distances; unfortunately a permit is useless when there are no easily accesible designated disabled parking spaces"
Mrs Davies said she has written to Penrith City Council and requested that they provide accessible parking, but Council say that accessible parking in nearby car parks meets "current usage levels".
Mr Perry said that he believes that accessible parking in nearby car parks is futile.
"The car parks on East Lane and behind Queen Street are too far away for people that require accessible parking and it is difficult to get in and out of them"
"Its really hard for Margaret to get around. The lack of parking close to important services and the difficulty for Margaret of getting in and out of the car does impact on our quality of life." Mr Perry said.
Mrs Davies said she has referred the matter to the Penrith Disability Access Forum.
"I will continue to fight for accessible parking would encourage anyone concerned to contact my office and add your voice to the campaign."