Motorists urged to appeal tickets issued outside health centre (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Motorists who park with two wheels up outside the Hainault Health Centre in Manford Way, Hainault urged to appeal
12:45pm Friday 4th January 2013 in Your Local Areas
HUNDREDS of motorists fined for parking with two wheels up outside a busy medical centre have been urged to appeal.
Jon Fentiman, 50, of Shilibeer Walk in Chigwell, was ticketed after he parked with two wheels up on the grass verge outside the Hainault Health Centre in Manford Way last April.
Redbridge council dismissed his appeal, but he took his case to an independent adjudicator who overturned the fine.
Mr Fentiman said: “The adjudicator studied the documentation sent to him by Redbridge and ruled that there is an exemption in place for parking on footways and verges in Manford Way.
“Speaking to the staff at the medical centre it seems that people get ticketed all the time, yet there are no yellow lines or notices to warn you.
“One nurse even told me she had seen an elderly gentleman have his car towed away there.
“I would urge anyone who has received a ticket for parking with two wheels up to appeal, because they shouldn’t have to pay.”
The council is currently conducting a borough-wide review of footway parking after being deluged with complaints from motorists who were fined in a crackdown on the practice.
Several narrow roads have already been exempted from enforcement, but it is unclear if the pavement and the grass road on the narrow slip road outside the medical centre are exempt.
Helen Duke, a receptionist at the centre, said: “As far as we know people are allowed to park on the pavement on the slip road, but not the grass verge.
“We have had patients getting tickets and if we see a warden we call out into the waiting room in our best fishwife voices telling people to move their cars from the verge.”
Data released by London Councils in August last year revealed that 65 per cent of appeals to the independent adjudicator against parking fines issued in Redbridge were successful – the highest figure in London.
Redbridge council has been asked to comment.
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