11:04 Tuesday 17 June 2014

£620 penalty for disabled driver, 86, who parked at top of Ely's Forehill

Written byJORDAN DAY

A disabled driver who parked his vehicle on a “dangerous” bend in Ely has been ordered to pay more than £600 in fines and court costs.

86-year-old Lawrence Lindsell was caught parked at the top of Forehill by local PCSO Maria Robinson on November 28 last year.

His vehicle was positioned on the double yellow lines outside David Green Hairdressing with the blue badge on display – but he was issued with a fixed penalty notice as PCSO Robinson insists parking at the top of the hill is dangerous.

Lindsell, of St Johns Road, Ely, contested the parking ticket – which would have seen him being fined £30 if he had paid it within 28 days – and as a result the case went before the courts.

The case was heard at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Friday and Lindsell, who did not attend, was found guilty in his absence of causing an unnecessary obstruction of a road.

Magistrates fined him £200, ordered him to pay £400 court costs and Lindsell must pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Speaking to Ely News after sentencing, PCSO Robinson said: “Drivers need to start realising that they will be punished if they breach parking laws in the Ely area.

“The top of Forehill is a dangerous bend which is why we will not tolerate people parking there anymore.

“Those who park at the top of the road force motorists to have to drive on the wrong side of the road around a corner. Obviously this is very dangerous and could easily result in a collision.

“Anyone caught parking dangerously like this will be issued with a fixed penalty notice and the reality is it can end up costing you a lot of money.”

Some residents and shopkeepers are so fed-up with parking issues in Forehill that they have even called for it to be made one-way to traffic in the past.

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