Disabled Little Mix fan forced to pay £24.25 for parking at Earlham Park for Norwich gig
PUBLISHED: 08:22 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 01 September 2017
A disabled Little Mix fan has been left feeling ‘backed into a corner’ after organisers announced parking would cost more than £24 - including a £3.25 charge for printing the ticket.
Concert organisers for the girlband’s gig this Sunday at Earlham Park have been criticised for charging a ‘ridiculous’ £24.25 for both disabled and premium car park users.
Karen Boreham, who suffers with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease that affects her mobility, is attending the gig with her 22-year-old daughter Aimee and said she has no choice but to pay the hefty sum.
Mrs Boreham, from Bradwell, said: “My condition is hereditary and it means my muscles are gradually wasting away so walking has got a lot harder as I’ve got older.
“When I saw the cost of parking I thought it was ridiculous, but I felt backed into a corner as they only announced the prices this week - if I would have had a bit more notice I could have made other arrangements.
“We went to Let’s Rock! Norwich and there was free parking for blue badge holders.”
Mark Harrison, CEO of Equal Lives, has criticised the price as creating barriers for disabled people who often have no choice but to drive to these events.
He said: “It seems outrageously expensive for everyone, but disabled people don’t have a choice in terms of their mobility so it’s incumbent on the organisers to make reasonable adjustment to make sure there aren’t any barriers to disabled people accessing concerts they want to go to.”
A spokesman for promoters Cuffe & Taylor said: “The car parking at the Earlham Park venue is very limited premium parking giving people the opportunity to park as close as possible.
“There is also extensive parking away from Earlham Park with park and ride facilities, as well as public transport to the venue.
“Paying disabled customers using the disabled platform at this concert were given the opportunity to get a free carers’ ticket and we are pleased that this offer has been taken up by a number of people coming to Earlham Park on Sunday.”