A retired Celtic season ticket holder, Gordon, who travels to games from Newcastle, emailed the club last week to explain that he is unable to walk for more than 10 minutes, and as a consequence of the proposed parking ban around Celtic Park on match days, he would be unable to attend games in future.
Gordon explained how Dalmarnock Station was not a viable option and that public bus provision in the area is totally inadequate.
He forwarded his email to John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston in the hope that the SNP politician would do what he could to help infirm visitors to the area, but he got the most incredible response from Mason: “Could you think of supporting a smaller more local club that would appreciate your adding to their crowd?”
On every level, this is appalling. Mason could not care less when presented with evidence that this policy would prejudice the disabled. Instead, he suggested someone who visits the city on a regular basis, stays local to Newcastle and supports another team.
He cannot suggest public transport is appropriate, because trains and buses do not have the capacity or frequency, all he can do is ignore the fact that the man is infirm, ignore that he is brining money into the local economy, concentrate on the fact that he is an unwelcome Celtic supporter and tell him to stay in England.
If you travel to Celtic Park along London Road from the south or the east, this is the NEAREST spot cars will be able to park on match days. Cars will start parking here, opposite the cemetery entrance, and anyone disabled who is unable to walk the distance will be prevented from attending.
This is one of the most stupid proposals conceived by politicians who care nothing about the people they are paid to serve.
They don’t care that they have not provided adequate public transport.
They don’t care that they have prejudiced the disabled.
They don’t care that they will displace parking from one area to another.
They don’t want you supporting Celtic and have backed themselves into a corner. God forbid they admit they have made a mistake and actually help those too infirm to walk great distances, or too poor to afford corporate parking facilities.