Accessible bay blocked by Batgirl production crew

Leslie Grace as batgirl
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It’s doubtful a blue badge holder will bother to watch Batgirl when the movie is released later this year after filming blocked off his parking bay.

Piers Doughty-Brown complained to Glasgow City Council when being told he was not permitted to use the accessible space on Renfield Street on his daily route to a local café.

He struggled to find a new parking bay in the area because they were all cornered off for the film’s production crew.

Doughty-Brown told Glasgow Live: "As is my routine, I went to have coffee at the Gordon Street Café, which I do most days so as to have time away from home.

"Such excursions are important for my mental welfare, you’re aware of the multitude of issues I deal with as a disabled man.

"My alternative parking is on West Nile Street which offers around 7 disabled spaces or Mitchell St which also offers disabled parking. Today all the available disabled parking spaces on West Nile and Mitchell Street were coned off to facilitate the film crews.

"If memory serves me correctly St Vincent Street parking was also suspended for filming.

"One space on Mitchell Street was occupied by a large Portaloo, called the “Honeywagonco Luxury Loo”.

"Consider the message this gave me, as a disabled driver seeking a parking space?

"The only feasible parking spaces were those on Queen Street, getting on for half a mile away, which given my disabilities required a huge effort to get to the café."

Glasgow council has put a £150,000 incentive grant behind the filming, but has asked the HBO Max production crew to use off-street parking bays away from accessible spaces, but as the roads are controlled by a local roads authority, there is 'legislative right to restrict their use for various reasons'.

A spokesperson said that "the council will explore every other parking option before it agrees to suspend disabled bays - however, there are situations that the suspension of disabled bays are required for the safety of other road users.

"In the case of filming, it was due to filming stunt scenes as well as street dressing."

Doughty-Brown added: "To suddenly find disabled parking suspended around your destination causes great grief and inconvenience.

"Glasgow City Council fails in considering the disabled when it accommodates the likes of filmmakers, it seems the revenue gain far outweighs their duty to its disabled population and I for one would like to hear how they will avoid such discrimination going forward."

A council spokesperson said: "Signs are erected in the area to be restricted to advise that bays are going to be restricted and these tend to be erected one week in advance of the required restriction date."

It is yet unclear where Batgirl will be released in the UK as HBO Max is an American service.