Public footpaths are our most basic means of transportation. If we can’t even access these safely then what hope have we got for inclusive transportation networks elsewhere on the buses and tubes?
They prefer disabled people to scurry away – and remain INVISIBLE – don’t they? We’re just too much trouble for the jobsworths of this world who would rather brand us a nuisance for insisting upon our right to equal access to transport than assist us, as fellow human beings of good will, to play our part and participate fully in the shared life of our society.
By Stuart Wyatt, Plymouth
The Copthorne Hotel has been allowing it’s residents to park illegally outside their hotel, blocking the main pavement and dropped kerb on that side of Western Approach.
This pavement is one of the main access routes to Sainsburys supermarket. As someone who is disabled and who uses a mobility scooter to get around, I finally snapped yesterday and put signs and tape on the offending cars.
I did the same today, and the manager and staff confronted me, and called the police. I never saw the police, but I videoed the confrontation with the Copthorne staff.
They are not interested in policing who parks there or not, and they initially claimed that the cars were nothing to do with the hotel – but the moment I put signs and tape on today’s offending car, four staff were involved and the police were called.
To my knowledge, I did not commit any crime, other than calling out selfish people for being selfish people.
This is not over, and I am not backing down over this issue.
Published on Jun 13, 2012 by stuwyatt
A good friend of mine called the Copthorne Hotel in Plymouth to enquire about disability access. She mentions the video, and the duty manager (James) told her that I was banned from the Copthorne 18 months ago for being drunk and abusive and I’d had it in for the hotel since then. He also told her that I was NOT disabled, and that I was on a police list with other vagrants and alcoholics, and that I have a history of targeting other local businesses – citing me as a trouble maker and ‘a bit of a nutter’. They called the police on me because I caused criminal damage, public nuisance, and caused profanity.
Until 2-3 months ago, I was tee-total since 2005/2006, and now have the occasional bit of medicinal port. I am registered disabled (I have CFS/Fibromyalgia). The only local protesting I have ever really done has been against Scientology in 2008, and a tiny bit of ukuncut stuff a couple of years ago until my illness made it impossible to continue with that. Apart from staying there for 2-3 nights in 2005/2006(?) I have never set foot in the place apart from playing some gigs there back in the day.
Good news though is that they are going to be reporting cars to the police and council if they see them blocking the pavement – so MISSION SUCCESS!
THE MANAGER SAYS STUART IS “NOT ACTUALLY DISABLED HIMSELF” http://politicsuk-newsheadline.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/disabled-no-you-are-just-troublemaker.html