Mansfield man in battle for blue badge

Simon Hillsley has been refused a blue badge following a serious industrail accident
Simon Hillsley has been refused a blue badge following a serious industrail accident

A disabled Mansfield man who almost lost his leg in an industrial accident has blasted council chiefs who have turned him down for a blue badge for his car.

Simon Hillsley, of Big Barn Lane, suffered the accident at work last year when his leg was badly crushed by a four-tonne steel loader.

He was bed ridden for months after undergoing extensive surgery for a shattered tibia and fibula, and lost 25 per cent of the muscle from the leg. Categorised as being ‘60 per cent disabled’, it is uncertain if he ever go back to work again and likely he will spend the rest of his life on crutches.

But the 38-year-old has been told by Nottinghamshire County Council that his problems were ‘not severe enough’ to warrant the badge.

He has been forced to trade his manual for an automatic, but says he is unable to even visit the supermarket because he can’t get out of his car if another is parked next to him.

“I’m trying to get help but everywhere I turn there are brick walls facing me,” said Simon.

“The leg is as good as it’s going to get. It’s ridiculous, I just want my independence back.

“My wife is having to drive, because I have to park over two spaces.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire County Council, which issues the badges, said Mr Hillsley was not ‘sufficiently impaired’ in the opinion of the assessor

Gareth Johnson, blue badge local authority administrator, added: “The blue badge is invaluable to those with very severe mobility restrictions to help them access town centre services. The council has an obligation to carefully assess all applications and only issue blue badges to those that meet the national guidance.

“The aim of the assessment is to observe how far and for how long an applicant can walk without experiencing significant difficulties.

“If Mr Hillsley’s condition has worsened however, or if he believes he should be re-assessed, then we are happy to discuss this with him.”