Mum’s rage at be­ing hit with park­ing ticket

‘There’s nowhere to drop my fos­ter child off safely’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A dis­grun­tled fos­ter mum of two has branded the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to shut down the ma­jor­ity of a car park as hyp­o­crit­i­cal af­ter they left her with nowhere to drop her child off safely.

Lorna Hastie reg­u­larly takes her five- year- old son to the Cam­bus­lang Out of School Care ( OOSC) unit at Kyle Court in Arnott Way, when vis­it­ing her mum nearby.

But the 42 year old has slammed South La­nark­shire Coun­cil af­ter work­ers planted con­tain­ers in the car park fill­ing up ‘75 per cent’ of the spa­ces and leav­ing just 10 to serve the busi­nesses and houses nearby.

Lorna, orig­i­nally from Cam­bus­lang, who re­sorted to park­ing on a yel­low line at around 1pm on Tues­day, July 26, due to the lack of spa­ces, re­ceived a ticket and failed in an at­tempt to ap­peal it.

The mum, who has since paid the £30 fine, told the Re­former, once the car park fills up there was nowhere safe to drop her child safely at the OOSC unit.

“It has an­noyed me be­cause they are tick­et­ing peo­ple un­justly,” she said. “It’s hyp­o­crit­i­cal.

“They’ve moved in with their porta- cab­ins and filled up the spa­ces. It’s been re­duced by 75 per cent due to the coun­cil do­ing work to Kyle court.

“I’ve had park­ing tick­ets be­fore and I don’t mind pay­ing them if you’re parked in the wrong place.

“I was tak­ing my el­dest, who is five, to the OOSC and had to park on the yel­low line.

“There was no other spa­ces left avail­able and I have kids so it’s im­por­tant that I get them there safely.

“They (a park­ing war­den) were there giv­ing me a ticket when I came out and I just said to them it was ridicu­lous that they were giv­ing me a ticket.”

Lorna, who stays in Chapel­ton, vis­its the club on a weekly ba­sis when the kids are on hol­i­day and also dur­ing school time.

She added: “When they are re­mov­ing spa­ces and pe­nal­is­ing peo­ple it’s just wrong. I can imag­ine other peo­ple are in the same po­si­tion.

“It’s a bit un­just tick­et­ing peo­ple when the park­ing has been re­duced to about 11 spa­ces for the hous­ing and busi­nesses around it.”

A spokes­woman for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said there was al­ter­na­tive short stay car park­ing avail­able ad­ja­cent to Cam­bus­lang Gate and there was also on street park­ing avail­able within close prox­im­ity of Kyle Court.

She added: “The on­go­ing works to re­place win­dows and im­prove the ther­mal ef­fi­ciency of the block are sched­uled to be com­pleted by Fe­bru­ary 2017.

“Be­fore work started on site, ap­proval was reached with the roads ser­vice on which ar­eas could be used for the pur­poses of car­ry­ing out the works.

“No­ti­fi­ca­tion of the project was also given to all sur­round­ing res­i­dents, busi­nesses, and the church, in­clud­ing the nurs­ery, and spe­cial ar­range­ments are in place for de­liv­er­ies and res­i­dents with par­tic­u­lar ac­cess needs.

“Park­ing in ar­eas where there are yel­low lines causes prob­lems for other road users and wait­ing re­stric­tions are still re­quired dur­ing the works.”

Space short­age Work­ers have taken over park­ing spa­ces in Kyle Court

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