OAP slams council's 'pure greed' badge fee
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A MORAY man plans to raise a petition against the £20 fee imposed by councils for the Blue Badge disabled parking permit.
Charles Macdonald described the fee as “pure greed” on the part of local authorities, and insists many vulnerable people will struggle to pay.
Mr Macdonald (68), of flat 9, Innes House, near Lhanbryde, is urging others who feel aggrieved to write to him so he can gather support for a petition.
“I have spoken to many Blue Badge holders recently about the charges. There is widespread anger within Moray against Moray Council’s actions,” he said.
“May God forgive those who thought up the idea of charging disabled people a fee.”
Mr Macdonald said he is anxious to help others who may be less able to speak up against the charge.
He has contacted MSP Richard Lochhead, the Scottish Government and senior figures at Moray Council with his concern.
Mr Macdonald, who is battling prostate cancer, is also appealing against a decision by the council not to renew his Blue Badge.
Following an assessment, Mr Macdonald was deemed to be a fraction away from qualifying for the badge, which he first received three years ago.
However, he insists a range of conditions, including osteoarthritis, heart problems and low blood pressure, make it difficult for him to walk any distance.
He receives personal care three days a week from the council and was stunned when told he no longer qualified for the disabled parking permit.
“This has put a lot of additional stress on me and I can’t sleep at night,” he said.
Mr Macdonald accused the council of completing his assessment without speaking to his GP, who supported his original application for a Blue Badge three years ago, or The Oaks day hospice, where he has been attending as a patient.
His current Blue Badge expires next week and Mr Macdonald has threatened to take legal action against the council.
A spokesman for Moray Council said: “Many councils in Scotland charge the nominal administration fee of £20, which frankly barely covers the cost.
“Mr Macdonald’s complaint about his assessment is currently being investigated as a matter of urgency, and he has been encouraged to appeal the assessment.”
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