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Disabled drivers lose out on campus parking spaces

Temporary solutions have resulted in a decrease in disabled parking spaces on campus.

There are currently only 56 disabled parking spaces on campus, due to the flood reinstatement works.

A number of temporary buildings were installed across campus last month to provide extra floor space for teaching until the ongoing works are complete.

And parking spaces in Lower Cottrell and Lower Pathfoot car parks have been closed off for almost a month now, including seven disabled bays.

Disabled Students Officer, Sonny Bailey, has reported that Freshers’ Week has been chaotic for disabled students.

He said: “The fact these spaces are decreasing is throwing people like us under the bus.

He also added that this week alone, there have been three reports of disabled parking spaces being used up by external employers, including a skip being placed inside one on Monday morning.

According to Sonny, there have also been reports of taxi companies being “infuriated” when a taxi drop-off was barricaded off later in the week.

“We just hope this chaos will come to an end soon.”

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Lower Pathfoot car park. Credit: Sam Ormiston

A University spokesperson said: “As a result of severe flash-flooding and associated reinstatement works, there has been a temporary reduction in car parking spaces on campus, from 1,457 to 1,321.

“We have created two temporary car parks – next to the medical centre, and at the Gardens and Grounds entrance – which offer around 60 and 50 spaces respectively bringing the number of available spaces to 1,431, and are encouraging staff and students to use alternative transport wherever possible.

“We are working hard to bring all spaces back into use as quickly as possible.”

Featured image credit: Sam Ormiston

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