THE father of a disabled boy has criticised motorists who choose to leave their cars in spaces for blue badge holders.

Shaun Swallow, 43, takes Antonio, his seven-year-old son swimming at the Metrodome every Sunday.

Antonio suffers from Down's Syndrome and a heart condition.

Last Sunday Shaun saw two men leave a BMW convertible in a disabled space.

"It makes me angry," said Shaun. "It's annoying that people are so selfish."

Tim Wilson, Barnsley Premier Leisure's chief executive, said an application for a traffic regulation order within the car parks had been successful.

Subsequently, anyone found parking without a badge on display would be fined.

"This is high priority between BPL and the council," said Mr Wilson. "Parking enforcement will start within weeks."