Cathedral trip ruined by disabled parking charge

First published in Postbag

I WAS interested to read the recent headline stating “Shop Salisbury, a great place to visit, shop,and dine”.

I would like to add “not if you are disabled”.

A friend drove me a couple of weeks ago to Salisbury to have a tour of the late Sir Edward Heath's house in The Close and to have a cup of tea in the Cathedral refectory.

I took with me my disabled badge and it was clearly displayed in her car.

On entering The Close, a parking assistant approached the car and we showed him the disabled badge and asked where we could park. He said that it would cost us £6 to park in The Close.

I was extremely surprised as I always park for free in Salisbury and £6 was a huge sum for me to park for an hour or two at most.

However, he said that everybody has to pay in The Close for parking.

As it would have been too far for me to walk from the nearest car park outside of The Close, I had no choice but to pay this sum.

He told me that it did entitle me to one free cup of tea, hardly much of an incentive for £6, especially as our tea had been previously ordered and paid for by the WI.

Obviously Salisbury only wants to encourage younger people with a lot of money to spend to see our heritage.

I will certainly not be visiting The Close again, which is a pity as the museum has some interesting things sometimes and as a member of the National Trust, I have visited Mompesson House in the past, but not alas, any more.

Rosemary Wyatt, Alderholt

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4:15pm Thu 1 May 14

gingin says...

What a rip off!! Why do they charge so much and what exactly do the funds go towards?
What a rip off!! Why do they charge so much and what exactly do the funds go towards? gingin
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2:43pm Wed 7 May 14

reasonedhuman says...

I think RIP off is the wrong word - expensive yes..

I do not understand why a Blue Badge should entitle you to free parking? This is discrimination against people without disabilities.

Both groups of people are being treated equally, surely this is how it should be?
I think RIP off is the wrong word - expensive yes.. I do not understand why a Blue Badge should entitle you to free parking? This is discrimination against people without disabilities. Both groups of people are being treated equally, surely this is how it should be? reasonedhuman
  • Score: 3

3:24pm Sun 11 May 14

kerrin1977 says...

I've always been a bit perplexed as to why Blue Badge holders feel as though they're entitled to free parking. Surely if they were charged for parking then the extra revenue generated could be passed on to reducing the parking rates for non Blue Badge holders?
I've always been a bit perplexed as to why Blue Badge holders feel as though they're entitled to free parking. Surely if they were charged for parking then the extra revenue generated could be passed on to reducing the parking rates for non Blue Badge holders? kerrin1977
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