Dismay over lack of action on ‘sexist’ sign

Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas

A father of two is calling for action over signs he has branded as sexist in a Daventry car park.

The signs in Bowen Square designate certain bays as ‘Mother and child parking only’ alongside a symbol of an adult in a dress with a child.

Ian Thomas, from Weedon, says they should be changed for the more neutral ‘parent and child’ signs seen elsewhere.

After being frustrated by a lack of action from the site’s owners the Bowen Square Unit Trust, Mr Thomas has got in touch with Daventry’s MP and the Council for Sexual Equality.

Mr Thomas said: “When I first noticed the signs had gone up I wrote to the district council thinking they were responsible. It turned out they weren’t, but they said they couldn’t see a problem with what the signs say.

“I then wrote to Colliers three times asking if they could do something about the signs, but I have never heard a response.

“Because of this lack of action I’ve now written to newspapers, the MP, and other interested parties.

“I’ve already had a message back from Chris Heaton-Harris MP saying he’ll look into the matter.

“We’re supposed to have sexual equality in this country, and that goes both ways. This is an objective problem – there’s no debate really.

“Everywhere else you see signs that say ‘parent and child’ why can’t they just put them up here?”

And Mr Thomas isn’t alone in his view – some of them show signs of being altered with marker pen to include the word ‘Dads’ as well.