Category: Current Issues

Council proposed to charge blue badge holders to use surface car parks, but not for now!!!!

Posted on 12/07/14 by Pamela Bryan

A fantastic result folks!!!! Our new Council has decided NOT to charge disabled people to park on surface car parks. Many thanks to everyone who signed the petition and supported us in this endeavour. The petition got enough votes for STAND to address a full Council Meeting on this issue. We can only hope that […]

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New Government Advice on Hospital Parking Charges

Posted on 08/24/14 by Pamela Bryan

On Saturday 23rd Aug 2014 BBC news announced that the Government was to issue new advice to hospitals about parking charges, including the news that disabled people should be given concessions or free parking,. See the full article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28905695 See the Government advice here Government Guidance on Hospital Parking Charges See the comments by the Sentinel […]

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Drugs Shortage

Posted on 08/10/14 by Pamela Bryan

  At our AGM members complained that when they went to collect their medicines from the pharmacies there were often items missing as the pharmacy had not got them in stock causing great problems for some disabled people as they needed to get a taxi to collect their medication. STAND emailed Andrew Pickard Pharmacy Advisor|Staffordshire […]

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UHNS has refused to stop charging for disabled parking

Posted on 05/05/14 by Pamela Bryan

University Hospital of North Staffordshire UHNS p2UHNS p3 UHNSp4 UHNSp5 UHNS p6 Tristram Hunt and Paul Farrelly MP wrote to Mark Hackett, Chief executive of UHNS asking him to stop charging disabled people to park until they could install a disabled friendly parking system that does not require disabled people to increase their travelling distance in […]

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UHNS Photographic Report

Posted on 04/09/14 by Pamela Bryan

STAND Photographic Report on Disabled Parking at UHNS on 11th March 2014  Please click on this link

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Tontine Street, Hanley – Kerb Edges

Posted on 02/13/14 by Pamela Bryan

STAND raised the issue of people tripping up in Tontine Street because there was little visual difference between the road and the kerb after the new paving had been completed. Result At the STAND meeting on 28th Jan 2014 the Council have agreed with us and they said that they will put metal studs along […]

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UHNS disabled parking Pay and Display Issues

Posted on 02/13/14 by admin

Disabled parking problems have been a long standing issue with UHNS. Back in Sept 2012 the secretary of STAND gave this letter to Julia Bridgewater, the Chief Executive of UHNS. Dear Julia Bridgewater, I have asked questions about disabled parking at UHNS AGMs over the last 4 years as I realised that disabled people are […]

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Blue Badge Abuse

Posted on 02/13/14 by admin

Members brought up the problems caused by selfish people abusing blue badges. Able bodied people were using Blue badges to park when they go to work, when they go shopping etc. The abuse is causing real problems for genuine Blue Badge holders as they are unable to get a parking space. Result At our meeting […]

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Obstructions on the pavements and Transport Lane

Posted on 02/13/14 by admin

Member Phil Mountford asked STAND to look at the problems caused by obstructions on the pavements. Wheelchair users were being forced into the road as the pavements were blocked by vehicles. When he complained to the Council they said it was a police matter and when he complained to the police they said it was […]

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UHNS Mystery Shop

Posted on 02/13/14 by admin

STAND is organising a surprise visit to UHNS to assess the situation regarding disabled parking and other access issues. If you think there is an access issue at the hospital please email info@stand-stoke.org.uk The results of this Mystery shop can be seen here by clicking on the link. STAND Photographic Report on Disabled Parking at […]

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