Cllr Vincent Waters has been engulfed in a PR disaster after his car was caught parked in a disabled parking zone.
The Vauxhall Zafira parked in a disabled drop off zone at Council Headquarters, in Giffnock.
Cllr Vincent Waters
A COUNCILLOR whose car was pictured parked in a disabled drop off zone has refused to comment or apologise.
Cllr Vincent Waters, the convenor for the environment of East Renfrewshire Council, was snapped by a member of the public parking his Vauxhall Zafira in a disabled drop off zone at Council Headquarters, in Giffnock.
Despite not displaying a blue badge, Cllr Waters, SNP member for Giffnock and Thornliebank, parked in the spot closest to the Headquarters main entrance.
The photo was taken on Wednesday 24th September 2014 when the Cllr parked at 6.30 pm and the vehicle remained in that spot until 7.45pm whilst he was at a meeting.
Cllr Waters has been criticised for his “inconsiderate actions” by fellow East Renfrewshire councillors.
Conservative shadow Environment spokesman, councillor Stewart Miller said, “I was shocked when I saw one of the Councillors responsible for the parking restrictions just dump his car in a disabled zone. He has, quite obviously, no regard for others, no regard for disabled people which, given all the work his partner has done over the years with disabled folk, is quite shameful, and he has absolutely no regard for all the businesses and their customers who have been ticketed over the past eighteen months.
And to make matters worse, the council meeting was about to discuss the Clarkston and Busby area (waiting and loading) order therefore it would appear he just doesn't care about his own remit with the Council. It would appear he is just happy to take the money.
And given her knowledge in working with the disabled, I'm very surprised his partner didn't correct him.
It looks like they are both too lazy to park in the Councillors car park and walk the few extra metres to the office
I hope, when they see this, they both hold their heads in shame”
A resident who is disabled and holds a blue badge told Newsline “I feel that when an able-bodied people parks in a disabled bay it is a sign of someone who lacks compassion and has a huge sense of entitlement.”
Sign displayed at the front of Council Headquarters, Giffnock.
The Blue Badge scheme is for disabled motorists whose condition affects their ability to walk.
The sign above is prominently displayed on a post at this drop off zone which is designed to permit people with disabilities to access the nearby ramp to the council building.
At the time Cllr Waters parked his car there were numerous spaces within the general car park and also many spaces within the dedicated councillors car park which is adjacent to the front door of the building.
Not only is there surprise that the convenor with responsibility for enforcing parking regulations in East Renfrewshire parked his vehicle in this area, but that his passenger condoned this.
Cllr Waters passenger who alighted from the vehicle when he parked it was his partner Lisa Patton. Ms Patton is the treasurer of East Renfrewshire Disability Action and a prominent member of a number of other disability groups and is currently employed as a community living worker, she is able bodied.
Disability Action aim to achieve equality for disabled people and have recently campaigned in relation to the Blue Badge scheme in East Renfrewshire.
Ms Patton has also refused to respond to requests for comment.
Cllr Waters and his partner Ms Patton
Cllr Waters and Ms Patton left together at 7.45 pm, presumably driving to their home in Thornliebank which is located ½ mile from council headquarters.
Perhaps we should take a leaf out of some French no parking signs which state:
Take my space, take my disability.