Mum paints disabled car bay

Claire Lomas in the new disabled parking bay she spray painted for herself and four-year-old daughter Maisie outside Great Dalby School EMN-150809-124352001

Claire Lomas in the new disabled parking bay she spray painted for herself and four-year-old daughter Maisie outside Great Dalby School EMN-150809-124352001

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A paralysed mum spray-painted her own disabled parking bay outside her daughter’s school because she was unable to park near enough to drop her off.

Claire Lomas became so frustrated over Leicestershire County Council’s delay in providing the space on Top End next to Great Dalby Primary School she took matters into her own hands on Monday night.

Claire Lomas spray paints her own disabled parking space outside Great Dalby School EMN-150809-125754001

Claire Lomas spray paints her own disabled parking space outside Great Dalby School EMN-150809-125754001

And on Tuesday morning she was able to park in the self-painted bay to easily and safely get her wheelchair out of the car and deliver four-year-old Maisie for school.

Claire, who lives at Eye Kettleby, said: “On Monday I had to drive up and down the village looking for somewhere to park because there were so many cars parked outside the school by other parents.

“I had to drop Maisie off with one of the other mums at the bottom of the village in the end which is not ideal when she is just starting school.

“That triggered it off for me and I decided to go back after school and paint my own disabled parking bay.

“The council were aware of this in April and they said they were going to do it.

“It’s taken them nearly six months but it took me only 20 minutes to paint it.”

Claire said she has been in regular contact with the school and the council about the parking bay over the summer and expected it to be available for the start of term.

She said she threatened to paint her own one but was advised not to do it.

“I went to B&Q with Maisie to get the spray paint and she chose a pink one,” said Claire, who was paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident eight years ago.

“She was a happy little girl the next day when I parked right outside the school.

“The school have been lovely about it but the council have taken too long to do it.”

Headteacher Andrew Raistrick said the school had liaised with Claire since April after she applied to have the bay created.

He said: “Clearly, Claire was very frustrated by the delay and I completely understand that.

“We have always been very supportive to her over this but it is the council who had been dragging their heels over providing the parking space.”

A County Hall spokesperson apologised for the inconvenience caused to Claire and Maisie.

The new disabled parking bay has now been painted in outside the school.