BLUE Badge holders shopping at Asda Westbrook have been put at a disadvantage since the store modernised the car park some months ago.

Parking bays nearer to the store – usually marked with the Blue Badge wheelchair logo – are all marked with Parent and Toddler signs, leaving nowhere for disabled people to park close to the door.

While signposts state that the spaces are for both parents and children/disabled people, none of the spaces in the two bays closest to the entrance is a wider, dedicated Blue Badge space, meaning that disabled people have to park further away.

In recent times, disabled people are facing increased hostility, coming under attack, or being prevented from accessing public spaces by poor disability access, or by having no parking close to where they need to be.

Having a disability is a protected characteristic; the lack of blue badge spaces at Asda Westbrook could be viewed as discrimination.