Anger as council tickets King’s Lynn fun runners

Chariity GEAR Runner Rob Wilton who was given a car parking fine ticket while parked on The Austin Fields Car Park King's Lynn, on the day of the Charity Run. ANL-160405-140212009

Chariity GEAR Runner Rob Wilton who was given a car parking fine ticket while parked on The Austin Fields Car Park King's Lynn, on the day of the Charity Run. ANL-160405-140212009

A runner for the Grand East Anglian Run has hit out at West Norfolk Council after receiving a parking ticket.

Rob Wilton was angry to return to his car after completing the 10km course to find he had issued with a parking fine.

Mr Wilton had parked his BMW in a space in the Austinfields Car Park, which had been designated for coaches.

But the Pentney man feels that issuing tickets was not in keeping with the charity spirit of Sunday’s run.

The council states that parking restrictions apply no matter what event is on in the town.

Mr Wilton said: “On a day like GEAR when people were running for charity I think it was over the top to be ticketing.

“No-one was blocked in and people were parking sensibly.

“Was there any need to ticket or least donate some to charity. Seems very disingenuous on what was otherwise a great day.

“It doesn’t encourage people to come along and visit Lynn.”

Mr Wilton said it was a busy day at the car park and left his car just after 10am after buying a £3.20 ticket.

He returned at noon to find the £25 ticket. Mr Wilton will be paying the fine.

Mr Wilton said: “We were all there for a reason. The guy parked next to me also appeared to be a runner.”

Mr Wilton had been running for Norfolk Hospice.

A spokesman for West Norfolk Council said: “Our off-street parking regulations apply whatever event is happening in the town. We feel the best welcome we can give visitors is to make sure that no one is inconvenienced, by applying our parking regulations fairly and consistently.”