I was both annoyed and frustrated to attempt to use the town centre dedicated disabled parking spaces in Braintree on Saturday, only to find that the powers that be had yet again considered it perfectly acceptable to disadvantage disabled visitors by closing all the approach roads to them to facilitate the market stalls.

This is a regular occurrence, and as I said, significantly disadvantages disabled people from easily accessing the businesses in the High Street and Bank Street.

Many more enlightened towns put their markets in their council-owned public car parks such as the one in Braintree's Manor Street, but not in Braintree where they so readily disadvantage those with limited mobility.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Equality Act 2010 clearly define indirect discrimination, and in my limited understanding of the law, I am left wondering whether to local authorities are actually falling short within the definition of indirect discrimination.

Using the Manor Street car park on market days would centralise the market in one place, be accessible to all, make the roads and bus routes available and safe to all, but would of course mean that on market days, the council would lose that day's car park revenue.

So they feel it right, fair and acceptable to send out a clear message to the disabled that their interests and access ability are wholly unimportant.

Christopher Willcock

High Garrett