Juliana Adams would regularly park at the British Legion to shop at Marks and Spencers, in Stratford Road, with her husband ,who would help her carry the bags back to the car.
But since the closure of the 220-car park for the Parkgate scheme, Mrs Adams, who has arthritis of the spine and knees, says parking spaces nearby are so difficult to find, her spouse is forced to stay in the car as she struggles with her own bags.
“We relied on that car park,” said Mrs Adams, from Shirley.
“I find carrying the heavy bags very painful. I’m absolutely shattered by the time I get back to the car. It’s most inconvenient.”
The frustrated shopper, who was previously turned down for a blue disability badge, said she had noticed increasing pressure on existing parking since the loss of the spaces, with vehicles beginning to use the grass verges by the Red Lion pub. The queue to enter Marks and Spencers car park, despite police notices which prohibit waiting on the main road, had grown ‘longer and longer’ and was often ten cars deep, with a 20 minute wait.
“It’s an absolute joke, I can’t understand the logic behind it.
“I know they have to regenerate the area, but just to wipe out all these spaces is unbelievable.
“It makes life so much harder for shoppers and I feel sorry for the shopkeepers too. They must notice a difference in their takings.
“There’s been a lot of talk about a new car park at Haslucks Green Road.
“We don’t need talk, we need it built now.”