Woman’s anger at £70 ticket

Gillian Harrod with her car, copy of the parking ticket and her Blue Badge
Gillian Harrod with her car, copy of the parking ticket and her Blue Badge
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A BLUE badge driver has hit out after being issued a parking ticket outside her own home.

Gillian Harrod is angry that parking wardens have slapped a £70 fine on her Hyundai Santa Fe, which was parked on the single yellow lines in front of her home in King George V Avenue, Lynn.

Her story emerged little more than a week after council officers took over parking enforcement work.

Mrs Harrod was issued with a blue badge as she suffers from a number of health conditions and is unable to walk too far due to nerve problems in her hands and feet.

Blue badge holders are allowed to park on single and double yellow lines for up to three hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading.

But Mrs Harrod said her badge was on display on Monday when the fine was issued and that her 4x4 is too big to get onto the drive.

She is now appealing against the fine and says wardens returned the following day.

Mrs Harrod claimed parking wardens are targeting the wrong end of King George V Avenue, which is suffering from parking problems at the opposite end.

She said that cars are parked on the pavement elsewhere in the road.

Norfolk County Council has taken over the responsibility of parking enforcement from police and a team of wardens, employed by West Norfolk Borough Council, began patrols on November 7.

The borough council said it could not comment on her case.

But Mrs Harrod said: “I feel as if I have been targeted. The other end of the road is where the problems occur.

“At Tennyson Avenue, they park on double yellow lines and stop the junction. Where I am, I am doing nothing.

“It is a cul-de-sac end with no through way whatsoever, not even for pedestrians.”

She also suggested that residents are issued with parking permits.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “We do not discuss individual cases.”