Mum whose son has walking disability denied a disabled badge
A mother whose son’s medical condition means he is often in pain when he walks is furious she is not eligible for a disabled parking permit.
Elisha Nicholls’ four-year-old son Cobey Matthews has to undergo serial casting on his legs for weeks at a time because his feet roll in and calves tighten up.
But despite his physiotherapist writing to Tower Hamlets Council stating that a parking permit would “significantly improve the family’s quality of life”, the authority says he is not eligible.
Ms Nicholls, who lives in Nelson Walk, Bow, says she spends more than �200 on parking a month.
But her biggest concern, she said, is her son’s safety as she often resorts to carrying Cobey, who at four and a half stone is far heavier than most children his age.
You may also want to watch:
She said: “Unless the mobility team come with me on a normal journey they won’t see what he goes through. He was only given a five minute assessment inside a building.
“Often he can’t walk and I physically can’t carry him. He goes through pushchairs too. He has so many doctor’s appointments and it’s often a long way to the hospital from where I can park. I dropped him in the street recently and we were both bruised.”
- 1 Jailed: Teenagers who left victim blind in one eye after train stabbing
- 2 Patient group set up over allegations of 'poor care' at Royal London
- 3 New street market coming to Docklands is Will's passion
- 4 Brick Lane's famous bagel shop launches delivery service
- 5 Canary Wharf floats idea for new green restaurant on water
- 6 Updated appeal for information about man last seen in Poplar in January
- 7 MPs pledge to fight on for 'forgotten victims' of IRA Canary Wharf bombing
- 8 Fire crews fight blaze at pub in Hackney Wick
- 9 Jailed: drug dealer who rammed police with stolen car to escape
- 10 Beer gardens reopening with face masks, sanitisers and cobblestones
A letter from the Children’s Physiotherapy Service at the Royal London stated that Cobey has global developmental delay, does not have a lot of stability in his joints and complains of “pain in his legs”.
He has been having physiotherapy since he was six-weeks-old.
He also has allergies to animals, dust, nuts and pollen and needs to use the toilet frequently.
Ms Nicholls said she is willing to buy a residents’ permit but her block is a car-free zone which makes her ineligible.
According to the government’s rules, among other criteria, residents are only entitled to a blue badge if they receive a higher rate of disability living allowance, are registered blind, have severe disability in both arms or a permanent affliction leaving them unable to walk or severely hindered.
Tower Hamlets Council said it has to follow the rules, adding: “The criteria are outlined in law and cannot be negotiated.”