Disabled mother, 52, is left 'humiliated' by son's school after it branded her parking ‘dangerous’ and shared a photo of her Audi Q5 in a newsletter scolding parents (2 Pics)

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A disabled parent said she was left ‘humiliated’ after a Sutton Coldfield school labelled her parking as ‘dangerous’ in a school newsletter.
Maney Hill Primary School included a photograph of mum, Anita Partidge’s Audi car, in a school newsletter on Friday, October 12, branding her parking as ‘inconsiderate’.
But the disabled Blue Badge holder maintains she had parked safely and had parked legally, while dropping her son off at the school.
Anita said she felt ‘completely humiliated’ after her Audi Q5 car was highlighted in a section of last week’s newsletter headlined ‘Dangerous Parking’.
The newsletter said: “It is disappointing to receive another photograph of dangerous parking outside school. Please remember that the double yellow lines are there for a purpose.
“At corners, visibility for pedestrians and drivers is reduced. The double yellow lines are there to keep corners clear of vehicles so that pedestrians can cross safely and drivers can turn into roads safely.
“Please be a considerate driver and do not park on double yellow lines outside school or anywhere else.”
But 52-year-old mum-of-two Anita insisted her parking was not dangerous.
She said: “I’m a disabled driver and have a Blue Badge which allows me to park on double yellow lines.
“I know the double yellows are there to protect the junction, but where I park, there is still a clear 20 metres behind where I’m parked to Mottrams Close which is a cul-de-sac.
“I have four conditions and shouldn’t be walking.
“My car has been identified in the school newsletter. I was shocked and completely humiliated. Mums of children in the same class as my son told me and they know I am a Blue Badge holder.
“In a previous newsletter it showed different cars. But this one had my car alone.
“Further down there were other cars parked on double yellows.
“The head [Sarah Whitehead] came out to my car as I was just getting back in and said ‘do you realise you’re not allowed to park here’. I said I’m a Blue Badge holder. I’m entitled to park for up to three hours on double yellows.
“I wasn’t right on the corner. I wasn’t blocking anybody in."

The Government’s Blue Badge Scheme webpage says:

“Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours.
“The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. Like other road users, you must obey the rules of the road, as laid out in the Highway Code.
“Do not park where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or other road users. Examples of dangerous or obstructive parking include the following, although there are others:
“School entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
“Parking opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space.”
Anita claimed: “The school has disabled parking but I was told I still had to drop my son off and pick him up from the other side of the school.
“The school has now said I can park in one of the disabled bays and after arguing with them, they have now agreed I can drop him off and pick him up from reception.
“They haven’t apologised to me though.”
Sarah Whitehead, headteacher at Maney Hill Primary School, said: “Inconsiderate parking is a major issue at many schools, including ours, and we will do all we can to encourage parents to consider other people when they park.
“When we found out this parent was disabled we offered a disabled space in the school grounds.”

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