A MOBILITY scooter user is calling on inconsiderate motorists not to park over slopes in pavements across Chester.
Paula Norgrove, 42, of Aldford Road, Upton, says she’s ‘fed up’ of having to go out of her way just to find a slope because cars are parked in the way.
She hit breaking point late on Thursday night when she went to meet her husband after visiting friends in Hoole.
Paula, who uses a mobility scooter because she has superior vena cava obstruction and asthma, arranged to meet him at the baptist church on Westminster Road.
She ended up having to go out of her way to get there due to cars being parked over slopes in the pavement.
When Paula finally found a slope on Wards Terrace, a wheelie bin was blocking her path.
As she went to move it – thinking that it had been emptied – the weight was too great and she collapsed to the floor with the bin falling on top of her.
Paula, who has been left with chest and arm pains as a result of the incident, told the Chronicle: “I get really annoyed not being able to get up the slopes and to top it off I’ve now hurt myself.
“This happens everywhere in Chester. I have to go out of my way to find a slope to go up on the pavement. I’m really fed up of it. I want to highlight the problem. It doesn’t just affect me, it’s other mobility scooter users too.
“I’m asking people to be considerate and not to park on the slopes. My mobility scooter is the only way I can have an independent life, I’d be housebound otherwise.”
Paula says she’s able to use her mobility scooter on the road, but that in itself causes more problems than it’s worth.
“I get drivers having a go at me saying I should be on the pavement – I can’t win,” she explained.