A SUPERMARKET has been slammed for building a garden centre at the cost of disabled parking spaces.

Morrisons in Carterton applied to keep the structure at the front of the store and relocate five disabled bays, with West Oxfordshire District Council giving the plans the green light last week.

The council said the new parking spaces must be provided at the side of the store within three months, but one resident wrote a letter of objection claiming this caused 'great inconvenience'.

They wrote: "I am a blue badge holder and used one of the allocated spaces close to the entrance that are now lost to disabled drivers.

"Five were close to entrance but have now been moved farther away from the door and only three have been added. This causes me many problems as I am quadriplegic."

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The application was part-retrospective as the garden centre has already been built, but the objector slammed Morrisons' approach.

They added: "The garden centre is not disable friendly and I think Morrisons has shot itself in the foot with this change, as a large majority of the population of this town is elderly and require easy access.

"There appears to be many disadvantages for the customers but little or no advantages.

"Morrisons should re-think the positioning of the garden centre and next time apply for planning first and action second after listening to all sides as it is causing great inconvenience to many."

Neither Oxfordshire County Council's highways team nor Carterton Town Council objected to the plans.