Rossendale Free Press

OAP, 89, is given parking ticket at Covid jab centre

- CHRIS GEE Local Democracy Reporter

AN 89-year-old man has been slapped with a parking ticket while on a vaccinatio­n centre car park as he was being given his Covid booster jab.

A furious volunteer marshal at Ramsbottom Civic Hall, which has been used as a vaccinatio­n centre for nearly a year, said she is appalled at the practice of targeting motorists which she claims is working against the central principle of ease of vaccinatio­ns.

Jackie Griffiths, 61, has been a volunteer outdoor marshal at the centre for several months, and said the issue of enforcemen­t officers targeting cars started in October.

She said: “Once all the car park bays are taken, there’s an area where people park within the confines of the car park. I don’t see a problem with that, but it’s not marked bays.

“That is where people are getting tickets.

“An 89-year-old man got ticketed in this way.

“I was standing by the hall and I noticed an elderly gentleman looking perturbed. He was at the top of the hill looking at the car park signs.

“He was very upset and said he’d been given a ticket as he couldn’t find anywhere else to park.

“I spoke to the management of the vaccinatio­n centre who were also upset and they contacted the council, who came down.

“I believe they said there was nothing they could do as they had to park in marked bays.” Enforcemen­t wardens could be seen at the car park as recently as November 5 and issued at least one ticket.

Volunteer litter pick leader Jackie said she was ‘incensed’ and had seen several other vehicles of people being vaccinated given tickets.

She said: “The bays are marked out but the paint is very worn.

“There’s also the issue of leaves obscuring the lines at this time of year.

“What on earth are they playing at?

“Do they want the worst reputation in the country?

“For goodness sake, stop these traffic wardens preying on elderly people.”

A Bury Council spokesman said: “The clinic at

Ramsbottom Civic Hall has been extremely busy offering first and second doses of the coronaviru­s vaccine, and now booster jabs too.

“As a result, the adjacent car park is often congested with people turning up for their vaccinatio­ns.

“There is very limited room to manoeuvre, therefore it is essential that drivers park properly and in a bay in order to maximise the space available.

“We have had a number of reports of cars being damaged due to drivers trying to negotiate other people’s poor parking.

“If anyone feels they have wrongly been issued with a parking fine, we would advise them to lodge an appeal via the process outlined on the ticket.”

 ?? ?? ●●Jackie Griffiths, who volunteers as a marshal at Ramsbottom Civic Hall vaccinatio­n centre
●●Jackie Griffiths, who volunteers as a marshal at Ramsbottom Civic Hall vaccinatio­n centre

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