A DECISION to limit the number of car parking spaces at a planned Wulvern Housing development for the elderly in Crewe has been slammed as age discrimination.
Crewe and Nantwich Borough planning officials believe one space each for the 12 sheltered properties in Stafford Street is enough on the grounds the elderly are less likely to use cars. But Crewe county councilor Dorothy Flude said this was unacceptable to older residents.
She added: 'Why are elderly people any different from anyone else?
'If you have to provide two spaces for normal residents that regulation should apply to older people as well.'
She said the development control committee's decision to approve the bid to build the new homes did not take into account even if older people do not drive, they will need space for visitors and carers to park.
Cllr Flude recently highlighted the problems faced by residents at Waverley Court due to other vehicles using their spaces. She said the Stafford Street venture would produce the same problems.
'Wherever you build, the people in it should not be discriminated against. Imagine if they said you don't need the right amount of space because you've got mental health issues. There would be uproar.'
At the committee meeting, planning officer Alan Millington rejected the claim by chairwoman Cllr Margaret Hollins that the elderly need vehicles as much as anyone else.
She said: 'I think if you are elderly you need your car to get to places you can no longer walk to.'
Mr Millington responded: 'Wulvern's experience of the elderly is contrary to what you have said. Statistical evidence shows car usage among the elderly is lower.'
The committee voted to give the Wulvern bid the go-ahead.
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