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


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.

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If the parking attendant and the person who rejected my appeal had to deal day-to-day with someone who lived with Parkinson’s and limited mobility.

“They might think very differently.

“What was I supposed to do?

“Park 100 yards away and then walk my wife back to the hall?

“What’s the point of having a blue badge then?” He told Sussex Express.

The incident took place on March 28 this year.

In response, an East Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “While we appreciate that there were limited parking options, Mr Furness, unfortunately, parked his car on a section of road where a loading ban is in place, meaning no parking or waiting is allowed for any motorist at any time.

“This restriction is in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.

“Although we have refused Mr Furness’ initial appeal, there are further steps to the appeal process open to Mr Furness details of which are on our website and have been sent to him.”

Express.co.uk has contacted East Sussex County Council for comment. 


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