The Vale of Glamorgan has confirmed that is has carried out an internal – and confidential – investigation into how the council’s official Skoda saloon car came to be parked in a disabled parking space at the Cadoxton, (Barry) branch of Tesco Express.
The car is normally used to convey the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and senior council officers to official functions and is normally parked at the Council HQ at the Barry Civic Centre.
A council spokesperson has said “Unauthorised parking in disabled bays is completely unacceptable and a matter the council takes extremely seriously.”
The incident, snapped by Steve Durbin – the father of a disabled child – is said to have happened on August 7th during the council recess when there are few if any Mayoral engagements carried out. The Vale Council says an immediate investigation was launched as soon as the incident was brought to its attention.
The council now says that the investigation “has now been concluded and, though details of any procedure involving an individual are confidential, I can confirm action has been taken in line with the council’s disciplinary policy.” This would appear to suggest that a member of council staff may have been disciplined over the matter .
Mr Durbin – who was unable to use the space because the Vale Council car was occupying it – has said “Vale of Glamorgan mayoral car parked in disabled space at Tesco Express – so I, with disabled son in car, could not use it. No badge, only driver present. Set an example please Vale of Glamorgan council! Yes, there was plenty of space in car park.”
The previous Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council laid down the rules for the use of the Mayoral car . The Labour policy – which has not been amended by the new Conservative adminstration – was that at the civic car is to be “used by the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. The Mayor doesn’t drive the car himself but is driven by a chauffeur. The civic car can also be used by the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive.”