• So what is a dropped kerb then? [Karen’s Blog]

    See this photo?  See those knobbly bits on the pavement and the way the pavement lowers to road level (as much as it can) – well, this is a dropped kerb.

    This is the bane of every Mobility Scooter user or mum with pram and toddler’s nightmare.

    Why?  Because people think it’s ok to park on them – even though it’s illegal and downright rude, when you consider that the point of these are so that people with reduced mobility, or Mum’s with buggies and prams, can navigate roads and pavements safely and drivers know that’s why they are there.

    Even with these bollards that have just been put in place at the bottom of Broadwalk road in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, this week, they still think it’s ok to park on the knobbly bit.

    In fact yesterday, I had been visiting a friend when I drove back to join the main A6, which is a busy road at the best of times, to see a Council Road Sweeper –  parked on the left hand side of the road, on the kerb (as if turning from the A6 onto Broadwalk). He was obviously wanting his fish and chippies from the Chip Shop which was Ohhhh let me see, a good 25 steps away.

    I noticed a gentleman in a mobility scooter waiting to cross, so I stopped the car and opened my window to tell him I would report said Kerb Cleaning van, just as a man who had been in the Fish and Chip shop saw the gentleman on the scooter and returned to let whoever the jobsworth was, know that he was blocking a gentleman in.

    The council worker (Derbyshire Dales District Council <- well, that’s what it said on the sweeper) came across, empty handed and when I told him I was reporting him gave me a muttered Sod off or F Off – it definitely ended with off.  Probably because the poor man had to move the sweeper and queue up again to get his Fish and Chips and walk a few extra steps. Lazy git.

    Err excuse me Mr. Sweeper Man, but you work for the council. You should be an example to that Council as you are a public face. Who, at the end of it all, pays your wages, but the taxpayer and you dare to tell me to * Off!

    I’ve emailed a man from the council and am waiting to hear his excuse for the man parking there. Excuse? There is no excuse and as a Derbyshire County Council worker, he is the face of the council – what sort of training did he have to give me a blatant nasty comment.

    I can’t believe that Darley Dale Town Council have been given the go ahead for the metal posts (as seen in the picture) and they are not working.

    That’s my rant for today …. Next week it’s all about holidays and how, when you find yourself mobility impaired, it all changes.   First edition is the airport experience!

    Blessings and have a wonderful week, Karen.

    Support our #dontblockthedrop campaign

    We’re running a new campaign to highlight the issues of blocking dropped kerbs and we’re asking members of the public to get in touch with us if they have come across any.

    Our aim is to get 1,000 examples of motorists blocking dropped kerbs  and we’re calling on everyone to get involved to help raise awareness so we can highlight the issue to police and parking enforcement teams.

    It’s really simple to get involved, just drop us an email at dontblockthedrop@disabledgo.com or comment on our Facebook or Twitter and let us know where and when it happened, and if you can, take a photo.

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    • Judy

      A neighbour of mine used to park, constantly, on the drop kerb in my street, and I missed a couple of important hospital/doctor appointments because of it. When I reported them to the City Care Warden, they tried to bully me, and the wife even pulled me to one side in a local pub to tell me that “Drop kerbs were for a car’s suspension!”

      It makes me laugh how people like that call disabled people lazy. I mean, consider the source LOL