A Moray woman has voiced major concerns about her parents who feel ‘trapped’ inside their own house due to rogue parking.
Elgin woman Tracey Scott has urged drivers to stop parking on the pavement blocking the entrance of Pearl and Alan Riddell’s home on Academy Street.
Her 79-year-old mother uses a wheelchair to get out and about.
Mrs Scott fears it is only a matter of time until a parked car poses a health and safety hazard if her parents need to exit their home in an emergency.
The daughter added: “It is impossible to get out of their own home if there is a car parked out there.
“They worry about going into the town and returning to a car blocking their home which is really frustrating.
“The police even gave us a cone to put up to deter people parking – however that hasn’t made a difference.
“A few months ago, my mum and dad had to call an ambulance in the middle of the night but if a car had been parked there, the ambulance wouldn’t have been able to take my mother to the hospital.
“If there was fire they wouldn’t be able to get out the house if somebody parked outside.
“I don’t want my mum and dad to be trapped inside their home.
“It has got to the point that my parents are sick of having to deal with this .”
Mrs Scott said she had previously asked Moray Council about extending the existing double yellow lines on the street and getting a disabled parking space.
Mrs Scott added: I am getting nowhere with the council and my parents both have blue badges and my dad isn’t able to drive.
“Moray Council said we were not entitled to a disabled parking space.”
A Moray Council spokeswoman explained: “There are specific dimensions a disabled parking bay outside a residence must conform to, and regretfully there isn’t enough space to accommodate one on Academy Street.
“As ever, we encourage drivers to be mindful of where they park, to park responsibly to allow access to homes and, importantly, for emergency vehicles.
“Illegal on-street parking remains a matter for Police Scotland.”