Second driver has parking tickets cancelled after the Times intervenes
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 October 2013
A second driver battling against the council over parking tickets has had them cancelled after the Times intervened.
Everett Brown, of Hanover Road, Willesden, faced paying up to £220 after he was given two tickets when he parked his mobility car outside his home last month
The 80-year-old noticed parking suspension signs in his road two days ahead of maintenance work but when workmen failed to turn up he thought it safe to park his vehicle on his street.
He was given a ticket which would cost him £110 or half that if paid within two weeks.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it, there was no work going on.”
Thinking it was a mistake, Mr Brown parked outside his home the following day and got a second parking ticket.
“I was trembling, it was terrible,” said Mr Brown.
With the help of his neighbour Angela Hennessy Mr Brown launched an appeal against the tickets which was rejected by Andrew Clarke, the council’s senior contract operations manager, who admitted the case had “compelling grounds for mitigation.”
However, last week the tickets were cancelled after the Times contacted Brent Council.
Mr Brown said: “I am definitely relieved.
“I was worried I was going to pay that amount of money for nothing. The burden is gone.”
Cllr Carol Shaw, who brought the case to The Times’ attention, said: “I thought it was extremely unfair for this elderly, disabled man to receive two parking tickets when there was very limited space to park due to the suspended parking bays.”
A spokesman for Brent Council said: “Having looked at the circumstances, we have cancelled both parking charge notices and asked that he adhere to parking signs in the future.”
Last week Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, ordered Serco, the authority’s parking company, to cancel a parking ticket given to Queen’s Park resident Cordelia Uys after reading about her plight in the Times.
Mrs Uys had argued that a suspension sign put up due to road works near her home in Kempe Road was not in sight as it was 50 yards away from where she parked.