A Banstead mum’s petition for parent and child parking spaces in the Ashley Centre has received more than 1,200 signatures.

Kirsty Zambourides was compelled to start the petition on change.org after her daughter, Violet, was nearly run over in the Ashley Centre carpark, where parents have to park in normal-sized bays.

Kirsty has subsequently visited the Ashley Centre, but would rather park on the roof in the rain than in a busier area due to the danger of other drivers to her children.

Paul Alexander, who signed, said: “This makes perfect sense with parents having young children. I would think from aged five and under.”

Margot Evans said: “I look after my grandchildren and would like to use Ashley Centre but will be put off doing so until there are a suitable number of allocated parent/child car parking spaces.”

“Unfortunately, I no longer visit Epsom due to the amount of times I have struggled to get my daughter out of her car seat because there is not one single parent and child space,” wrote Harriet Evans.

The Council owns the carpark, and a spokesman said it was the first time it had ever received a complaint about the lack of parent and child parking.

The carpark will be resurfaced soon and the council said it will look at the feasibility of introducing child and parent parking spaces.

That decision will be balanced against the loss of the other spaces.

The petition was launched in November 2017, since then it’s had 1,298 signatures.

You can sign it here: https://www.change.org/p/epsom-and-ewell-council-ashley-centre-car-park-mother-and-baby-spaces