A parking ticket issued to an 89-year-old man who was getting his Covid booster jab has provoked fury.
The team running the vaccination centre have led the calls for the fine to be revoked, with one volunteer saying she was “incensed” that the ticket was issued to the elderly gentleman, who was said to be “perturbed” and “upset” when he found it.
Jackie Griffiths, 61, has been a volunteer outdoor marshal at the vaccination centre in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, for several months, but she said traffic wardens had started targeting cars there only last month.
“Once all the car park bays are taken, there’s an area where people park within the confines of the car park," she told the Manchester Evening News.
“I don’t see a problem with that, but it’s not marked bays. That is where people are getting tickets.
“An 89-year-old man got ticketed in this way. I was standing by the hall and I noticed an elderly gentleman looking perturbed. He was at the top of the hill looking at the car park signs. I asked if he was OK.
"He was very upset and said he’d been given a ticket as he couldn’t find anywhere else to park.
"I spoke to the management of the vaccination centre, who were also upset, and they contacted the council, who came down. I believe they said there was nothing they could do as they had to park in marked bays.”
Jackie, who also leads hundreds of volunteer litter pickers in the town, said she was “incensed and angry” at the actions of the enforcement officers, and she had seen several other vehicles of people being vaccinated given tickets.
“The car park is on a hill and you get elderly people who have to drive up the hill into the car park and then walk down to the centre,” she said.
“The bays are marked out but the paint is very worn. There’s also the issue of leaves obscuring the lines at this time of year.
“The council has provided these great facilities as a vaccination centre while at the same time you’ve got these flipping car parking attendants working against the whole principle of ease of vaccination.
“I’m furious, really upset, that an elderly gentleman was treated in this way. What on earth are they playing at?”
A spokesman for Bury Council said: “The clinic at Ramsbottom Civic Hall has been extremely busy offering first and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and now booster jabs, too.
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“As a result, the adjacent car park is often congested with people turning up for their vaccinations.
“There is very limited room to manoeuvre, therefore it is essential that drivers park properly and in a bay in order to maximise the space available.
“We have had a number of reports of cars being damaged due to drivers trying to negotiate other people’s poor parking.
“If anyone feels they have wrongly been issued with a parking fine, we would advise them to lodge an appeal via the process outlined on the ticket.”
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