07:00 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Disabled driver furious after receiving fixed penalty notice for parking in Forehill, Ely

Written byJORDAN DAY

Disabled driver Alan Pope is furious after he was given a parking ticket. Disabled driver Alan Pope is furious after he was given a parking ticket.

A disabled driver is furious after he received a parking ticket for leaving his 4x4 in the same spot he has used for the last decade.

Alan Pope, 77, is up in arms after police slapped a ticket on his vehicle’s windscreen while it was parked at the top of Forehill in Ely with the blue badge on the dashboard.

Great-grandfather Alan, of Ely’s High Barns, parked it on the double yellow lines outside David Green Hairdressing on Thursday morning - as he does most market days - and returned within the permitted three hours to find he had been ticketed.

Alan, who lives with his wife, Pauline, and is registered disabled with arthritis, said: “I’m absolutely furious.

“I’ve been disabled for around 10 years, have parked in that spot in Forehill for all that time, and have never received a ticket.

“I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the ticket. Quite a few other vehicles were ticketed that morning too.

“What the police have done is wrong. If you have a blue badge you are entitled to park on double yellow lines for three hours. I have not done anything wrong.

“I won’t be paying the £30 fine - I refuse to. It’s the principle. I’ve appealed the ticket and would rather go to court than pay the money, in fact I’d rather go to prison.”

The issue with disabled drivers parking in Ely’s busy Forehill has been rumbling on for some time.

There are often vehicles parked on either side of the road, making it difficult for motorists to get up and down the hill.

So fed-up are some residents and shopkeepers, that they’ve even called for Forehill to be made one-way to traffic in the past.

But Alan said: “I got the ticket on the Thursday morning and on Saturday I parked it in exactly the same spot when I nipped into town.

“There were no police around and I didn’t get a ticket.

“I certainly won’t stop parking there. Disabled drivers have blue badges for a reason and I will just appeal every parking ticket the police give me.”

But a police spokesman said Mr Pope was ticketed because he parked his vehicle “dangerously”.

He said: “We are aware that motorists are parking at the top of Forehill close to Three Cup Walk on double yellow lines.

“Those parked cars 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 with a car travelling in the opposite direction.

“Where vehicles are parked in such a way they will be issued with a fixed penalty notice.”

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