Blue badge holder is fined for parking in wrong disabled bay in Archway
- Credit: Archant
A blind pensioner is taking on Islington Council after she was given a ticket for parking in a disabled bay on a visit to hospital.
Elizabeth Jones, 85, is registered disabled and has a blue badge parking permit, but was given a penalty charge notice when a friend stopped in a disabled bay outside the Whittington Hospital in Magdala Avenue while she went inside for an appointment.
Although it was a disabled spot, the only driver allowed to park in it lives nearby.
She submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, seen by the Gazette, which shows the number of tickets given out in the bays has risen from 131 in 2011 to 414 last year, and 236 so far this year.
She said: “A friend volunteered to take me for my hospital appointment.
You may also want to watch:
“We saw a disabled bay right outside the hospital and as I am a blue badge holder we parked up. I was in for about 25 minutes and when I came out I found a parking ticket.
“I called and wrote to the council but they wouldn’t refund it.
- 1 Upper Street flat attack: Man, 58, stabbed in neck and back
- 2 Launch date for Gordon Ramsay's Upper Street burger chain
- 3 Finsbury Park sex assault: Man arrested on suspicion of rape
- 4 Taylor Cox 'wanted to play pro football until he was stabbed two years ago'
- 5 Survey: Where are the safest and most unsafe where you live?
- 6 Hackney and Islington see another rise in Covid-19 cases
- 7 Police investigate alleged Finsbury Park rape
- 8 Arsenal offers behind scenes tour of Emirates Stadium at Covid jab pop-up
- 9 Jeremy Corbyn echoes Iain Duncan Smith's call to review £1.2bn incinerator plans
- 10 Arsenal pub Tollington Arms listed 'to prevent it being turned into flats'
“I was really cross, they didn’t give me any consideration and I think the signage is misleading. So I put in an FOI. The number of tickets is going up every year so it must be misleading. I really don’t understand it.”
A council spokesman said: “This parking space is one of three bays on Magdala Avenue which are allocated to specific individual residents.
“The residents who have permission to park there have been medically assessed and need a dedicated parking space in this location.
“We need to make sure these bays are always available for the authorised residents, and whilst we are sorry a ticket was issued in this case, we believe the signs and road markings for this bay are clear.”