‘Lacking sympathy!’ Man receives parking fine whilst taking wife to Parkinson’s class

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Colin Furness was left shocked by the “uncaring unsympathetic attitude” of the East Sussex County Council after he received a parking ticket whilst he was taking his wife to a dedicated Parkinson’s exercise class.

Mr Furness said all the designated parking spaces on the street were full as were all the spaces, including disabled, in the small nearby car park.

The 75-year-old said his car was parked partly onto a designated space but the rear was on a double yellow line – leading to a £30 fine from the council.

Mr Furness said: “I’ve always tried to park where it is permitted and I thought it was permitted there.

“I frankly didn’t see the hatching on the curve. It was hardly in luminous paint.

“The back of my car I accepted was hanging out onto the double yellow line, but I got half of my car in a designated parking space.

“I was causing no obstruction or inconvenience and my wife’s Blue Disabled Badge was clearly displayed as was the associated parking clock.”

He added: “I was mainly concerned with getting my wife safely into the class and then being with her in case she fell over in the class.

“It seems to have taken the parking operator two minutes to assess the situation and give a ticket.

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“That’s not what people want,” Mr Furness said.

Mr Furness appealed the ticket.

However, the council rejected the claim stating that loading and unloading restrictions are shown by yellow markings along the kerb line and signs situated at relevant intervals along the area of restriction.

The council said any vehicle parked when restrictions are in place may be issued with an instant PCN, as there are no permitted activities.

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