A pensioner diagnosed with terminal cancer has been forced to wait nearly three months for a blue disabled parking badge.
Michael Sparkes, 70, from Nottinghamshire, was devastated when doctors told him he had a rare and aggressive form of thyroid cancer in January.
Since then he has been left wheelchair-bound and has asked Macmillan Cancer Support to help get a blue badge allowing him and his wife to park in disabled spaces.
But, despite applying for the badge on February 21 and being told he would be fast tracked by the county council due to his condition, Michael is still waiting.
His wife, Hilary, 64, told Lincolnshire Live : “I love to take Michael into Retford, but I struggle to move him around. The regular car parks are a long way away from the centre and the wheelchair just causes havoc on my wrists.
“His condition is really difficult for him to live with and the wait we have had to go through is putting us through hell.
“We’ve been married for 43 years and I want to make sure that I am giving him the best quality of life in his final months – the blue badge would help a great deal in that.
“We have both worked extremely hard all of our lives and this is the only benefit that we have ever asked for.
“We’ve all got our sell-by date and Michael completely understands that, but he has to make the most of what he has left.”
She added: “I have rung Nottinghamshire County Council to find out the progress of our application and they claim that they have no record of it. It’s been a complete nightmare."
Hilary went on: “He was such a fit and healthy man before he got unwell, but now we have carers giving him round the clock care. It’s really difficult to see him like this."
Nottinghamshire County Council said it was now in the process of sending a blue badge out to the couple.
Councillor Stuart Wallace said: “We can confirm there was an issue in the processing of Mr Sparkes' badge, this was largely due to a delay in us receiving Mr Sparkes' application form from his medical professional.
“The initial email application was never received however, as soon as we were made aware of this, we asked the medical professional to re-send the application.
“Upon receipt, this was actioned immediately and processed the same day. Mr Sparkes’ badge is now with the fulfilment team and will be sent out to him in the next few days.”
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