A village has requested designated parking spaces for disabled drivers on its high street.
The request to the county highways department comes after Heckington Parish Council gave its backing to a request from local vicar, Rev Chris Harrington.
The parish council could not put a designated space on the village green due to its limited powers of enforcement.
Rev Harrington said research revealed 285 disabled blue badge holders in Heckington, adding: “My wife has Multiple Sclerosis and uses a powered wheelchair.
“A friend in the village has recently become disabled and couldn’t find a suitable space. Others have told me they find it difficult, especially in a vehicle with a wheelchair ramp, and Heckington has a high retired population.”
The recommendation is for two spaces outside the chemist and another by the parish church for visitors that have difficulties walking.
Rev Harrington said: “They have spaces in Ruskington yet none in Heckington. It is only when you live with a disability that you learn the daily struggle they face.”
Local county councillor Barry Young added a note of caution from highways officers, warning this would exclude spaces from general use by motorists. He said: “There would have to be consultation, particularly with shop keepers affected. It is quite a long and expensive process.”