A furious mum has started a petition calling for parent and child parking bays to be controlled by permits.
Aisling Surguy, from Berryfields, Aylesbury has addressed the petition, which has so far attracted 206 signatures, to town MP David Lidington.
I see it on a daily basis in Aylesbury, particularly at banks and supermarketsAisling Surguy
The 27-year-old mother of three said: “It infuriates me that people with no children park in these spaces.
“I see it on a daily basis with spaces in Aylesbury, particularly at banks and supermarkets.”
Mrs Surguy has three children - Melody, aged four and twins Isla and Zander, both aged one.
She said: “It is so hard to get the trolley into a normal space and when I take one of the children out, if there isn’t room to get the trolley inbetween the cars I have to leave it by the boot next to the road which is quite dangerous especially if the other children are still in it.
Mrs Surguy said she saw people with no children parking in the spaces this morning (Tuesday) when she popped into the Tesco store at Tring Road.
She said: “I have challenged people about it.
“People swear at me and I get told to mind my own business.”
Mrs Surguy added that she felt a lot of people had misunderstood her reasons for setting up the petition.
She said: “I just want the spaces to be used for parents and babies.
“I wouldn’t mind if these spaces were as far away from the store as you could get.
“A lot of people I speak to who agree with me also say they wouldn’t mind paying for the permits.
“I have spoken to David Lidington and he is very supportive of what I am trying to do.”
Mr Surguy’s petition states: “We believe that when a baby is born, you should send their birth certificate off and receive a permit that expires when the child is five years old, to be able to park in a baby parking space, just like a disabled badge.
“We are wanting this to be taken seriously, as currently anyone and everyone seems to be parking in these spaces and very few are monitored.
“It’s extremely hard for parents with small children to often get in and out of normal parking spaces, and it’s frustrating when people use the baby spaces when they have no children on board.”
Mr Lidington said: “I haven’t actually looked at the actual wording of the petition but I have had a brief word with Aisling and I am sympathetic to the situation she finds herself in.
“I can remember trying to cope with small children in the supermarket and if you’re on your own was a parent and there is more than one child it can be difficult.
“My first thought is that I would hesitate to bring criminal law in.
“I think that we could get a solution by talking to retailers and getting them on board with what Aisling is looking to do and also by reminding people to behave responsibly and to think about how they would feel if they were in that situation.
“Although I don’t have the power to make retailers comply I am happy to make representations to them on Aisling’s behalf.”
To view the petition visit http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/permit-for-baby-parking-spaces.html.