Workmen paint disabled bay around dad's parked car

Daily Echo: Workman paint disabled bay around dad's parked car Workman paint disabled bay around dad's parked car

A HAMPSHIRE FATHER was shocked when he returned home to find workmen had painted a disabled bay around his car.

Chef Stephen McGowan left his two-week-old Suzuki Alto parked close to his house.

But when the 30-year-old father-of-five returned home, he found his vehicle surrounded by broken white lines, and the word ‘disabled’ painted at the back of his car in capital letters.

Mr McGowan said his wife Natasha approached the workmen and asked if they wanted her to move the car utsided the family home in Lawrence Close, Popley.

Mrs McGowan, 32, said: “They said no. They had blatantly just started and had a blowtorch close to the car.”

Mr McGowan said he approached Sentinel Housing Association, which owns the land, and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, to find out who was responsible for the line-painting.

Sophia Waite-King, senior media relations officer at the borough council, said it had wanted to paint a disabled bay for a resident and used a contractor, Bellstan Ltd, to carry out the work.

When asked if it was normal practice to paint a disabled bay around a car, Ray Westcott, commercial manager at Bellstan Ltd, said: “We are aware of Mr McGowan’s complaint, and we are in negotiations with him to resolve the issue.”

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4:58pm Sun 5 Jan 14

StJohn says...

Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this?
Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this? StJohn

5:28pm Sun 5 Jan 14

BeyondImagination says...

I'm surprised he didn't have a PCN on the windscreen too.
I'm surprised he didn't have a PCN on the windscreen too. BeyondImagination

6:38pm Sun 5 Jan 14

WarwickNights says...

To be fair, that bloke has no legs from the knees down
To be fair, that bloke has no legs from the knees down WarwickNights

6:54pm Sun 5 Jan 14

BeyondImagination says...

He doesn't have a leg to stand on yoir homour
He doesn't have a leg to stand on yoir homour BeyondImagination

7:08pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Linesman says...

No wonder he was Hopping Mad!
No wonder he was Hopping Mad! Linesman

7:22pm Sun 5 Jan 14

andysaints007 says...

StJohn wrote:
Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this?
Don't read it then dinlow
[quote][p][bold]StJohn[/bold] wrote: Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this?[/p][/quote]Don't read it then dinlow andysaints007

9:09pm Sun 5 Jan 14

thesouth says...

andysaints007 wrote:
StJohn wrote:
Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this?
Don't read it then dinlow
It is a dull story, Andysaints is right...like me he probably read the Story thinking 'surely this is going somewhere?' .....and it didn't
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StJohn[/bold] wrote: Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this?[/p][/quote]Don't read it then dinlow[/p][/quote]It is a dull story, Andysaints is right...like me he probably read the Story thinking 'surely this is going somewhere?' .....and it didn't thesouth

3:49am Mon 6 Jan 14

stay local says...

thesouth wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
StJohn wrote:
Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this?
Don't read it then dinlow
It is a dull story, Andysaints is right...like me he probably read the Story thinking 'surely this is going somewhere?' .....and it didn't
I agree a total non story. A disabled bay has been marked out in a public car park. The bay was marked whilst a car was in the space. The car owner asked if she needed to move the car and was told no, she had to option to move the car, but choose not to. The car was not damaged, I really cannot see any problem here.

If the car was damaged then it is a different story, but appears this was not the case.

Is it more a case of 'my favourite parking space is no longer available bacause it has been marked for use by a disabled neighbour'?
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StJohn[/bold] wrote: Surly there are more newsworthy things going on in Hampshire today than this?[/p][/quote]Don't read it then dinlow[/p][/quote]It is a dull story, Andysaints is right...like me he probably read the Story thinking 'surely this is going somewhere?' .....and it didn't[/p][/quote]I agree a total non story. A disabled bay has been marked out in a public car park. The bay was marked whilst a car was in the space. The car owner asked if she needed to move the car and was told no, she had to option to move the car, but choose not to. The car was not damaged, I really cannot see any problem here. If the car was damaged then it is a different story, but appears this was not the case. Is it more a case of 'my favourite parking space is no longer available bacause it has been marked for use by a disabled neighbour'? stay local

2:16pm Mon 6 Jan 14

lowe esteem says...

WarwickNights wrote:
To be fair, that bloke has no legs from the knees down
...as opposed to from the knee up?
Move on joker
[quote][p][bold]WarwickNights[/bold] wrote: To be fair, that bloke has no legs from the knees down[/p][/quote]...as opposed to from the knee up? Move on joker lowe esteem

10:16am Tue 14 Jan 14

TRT says...

He was the father of one of the workmen? That's the only relevance I can see for "dad's car" being in the headline.
He was the father of one of the workmen? That's the only relevance I can see for "dad's car" being in the headline. TRT

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