Mum’s rage at being hit with parking ticket
‘There’s nowhere to drop my foster child off safely’
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