A woman registered as disabled is at her wit’s end because inconsiderate motorists are using her parking bay.
Sharon Murray suffers from knee and back pain and has had the disabled parking bay outside her home in Bramley Road in Ladbroke Grove for seven years.
But during that time her life has been made a misery by other motorists parking in her spot.
Ms Murray says many of these people are using nearby Westway Sports Centre, but despite appealing for help on several occasions to Westway Trust , which runs the sports centre, and Kensington and Chelsea Council, the problem has continued.
The 65-year-old, who uses a walking stick, says she is often forced to find another parking spot nearby, but if unable to do so has to wait in her vehicle for hours for the offending car to vacate her space.
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The retired make-up artist said: “I’m so, so tired of this. It happens every time I move my car, several times a week.
"I’ve written to the council and Westway Sports Centre but I feel I’m palmed off.
“In nearly seven years, one ticket has been issued. I feel like I’m going to have a nervous breakdown, I just don’t know where to turn.”
'It could've been a comedy sketch'
Matters came to a head on April 3 when a comedy of errors meant one motorist was able to drive away before their car could be towed away.
Ms Murray said: “A lorry came down to tow the car away, but when the man arrived he said he couldn’t tow it because it had not been issued with a ticket.
"So they called someone to come down to issue a ticket. He came but then discovered he couldn’t issue a ticket but his machine’s battery was low, so he had to go away and come back with a new battery.
“But by the time that happened the guy had moved his car and they said there was nothing they could do. It was unbelievable. It could’ve been a comedy sketch.”
Ms Murray took to taking a traffic cone to place in her bay when out in her car, but was advised not to do so as it is illegal.
To compound her misery, she gets little sympathy from drivers when they return to their cars.
She said: “They tell me they don’t see what the problem is, they swear at me, they’re abusive... and they’re the ones parking in my bay!”
Kensington and Chelsea Council said it has no records of complaints from Ms Murray but is available to help.
A spokesperson said: “Disabled parking bays should only be used by those who are registered disabled. Extra disabled parking bays have been provided locally so anyone visiting the area with a disabled badge should park in them.
"If the problem continues and Ms Murray emails [the council] we can provide her with the name of an officer who will investigate.”
A Westway Trust spokesman said: “We fully sympathise with what must be a very frustrating and upsetting situation for Ms Murray and have spoken to her about the issue already.
"As her parking space is on council maintained public land and not on Westway Trust land we do not have the authority to remedy the situation.
“However, we have forwarded her enquiry to her ward councillor and asked them to follow up.”
Previously Tesco has hit out at customers who have been wrongly using disabled parking bays.