Fine criticised

THE daughter of a 90-year-old disabled Budleigh Salterton woman, who was given a parking fine while helping her elderly mother into her home, has hit out at the council decision.

THE daughter of a 90-year-old disabled Budleigh Salterton woman, who was given a parking fine while helping her elderly mother into her home, has hit out at the council decision.The 50-year-old daughter, who wishes to remain anonymous, was issued the ticket after a ten-minute stay in Mackerel Square.East Devon District Council said they issued the fine because the car was blocking the way of other vehicles.A council spokesman said: "The photographic evidence is clear that the vehicle was not parked in a parking bay and was obstructing other vehicles. "In such a clear case as this, there is no room for leniency and the council considers that the penalty charge notice was correctly issued. "The driver has the option to appeal to the totally independent adjudicators of the traffic penalty tribunal."The �25 ticket was issued when the vehicle was parked for a short time, while the driver took her mother into her home.The driver, who had displayed her mother's blue disabled badge in the windscreen, said she was forced to park on hatchings because the parking bays were full.She said she had an arrangement with a neighbour to park in front of their car while she helped her mother inside.The woman said her elderly mother - who relies on sticks and a wheelchair to get around - was unable to walk more than a few steps.She said her mother would have been unable to make the short journey from the seafront parking spaces to her home.The Budleigh driver said: "My mother has been made to feel bad about this. There has been no regard for her whatsoever."I think people ought to be made aware of this. This can't happen to people who are elderly or disabled. It's a worry for them and they can't all afford to pay.


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