Disabled man disputes Leigh parking fine

Colin Warren says he is determined not to pay a parking ticket he was issued in Leigh town centre

Colin Warren says he is determined not to pay a parking ticket he was issued in Leigh town centre

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A DISABLED man is refusing to pay a parking ticket he was issued in Leigh town centre.

Colin Warren has arthritis in his back and legs but because all the disabled bays were full on Gas Street when he visited Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, he parked in a normal bay.

Mr Warren returned after less than the two hours blue badge holders are allowed to park for free to find he had been issued with a parking ticket.

The 73-year-old, from Warrington, said: “It is a disgrace that councils charge for parking. People are squeezed enough with food costing so much and then they charge you to park.

“I parked near to the mobility scooter rental place and as there were no disabled spaces I just parked in a normal one and assumed as my blue badge was displayed I wouldn’t have to pay.

“They are just after more money to make up the cuts they have had to deal with. I am determined not to pay and I don’t see any point in going through the appeal process either.”

The Wigan Council website states that blue badge holders can park for free in the on-street pay and display bays.

But Kevin Hargreaves, car parking manager at Wigan Council, said: “In March 2013, Wigan Council introduced disabled parking charges on all chargeable car parks in the borough.

“To ensure that drivers are aware of the changes, which includes two hours’ free parking for disabled users, signs have been installed.

“The gentleman has been in touch with Wigan Council regarding the issue of the penalty charge notice and we have explained the appeals procedure.”

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4:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Pre P.a.c.e says...

I commend you Sir for not paying this fine and may I suggest you shop in Warrington it's much nicer and it's free on a Sunday to park, that's unless you need to buy from a pound shop, buy drugs or beg which I very much doubt you do.
Sean Prescott a Leigh escapee.
I commend you Sir for not paying this fine and may I suggest you shop in Warrington it's much nicer and it's free on a Sunday to park, that's unless you need to buy from a pound shop, buy drugs or beg which I very much doubt you do. Sean Prescott a Leigh escapee. Pre P.a.c.e
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10:30am Sat 25 Jan 14

Mickgill says...

It is clearly signposted that the disabled should now pay, all he had to do was put 60p in the ticket machine and he would have got two hours free, the Government cuts to the council have caused this, my wife has the Blue Badges and does not begrudge paying 60p to park for two hourse everyone else has to pay and so should Mr Warren .
It is clearly signposted that the disabled should now pay, all he had to do was put 60p in the ticket machine and he would have got two hours free, the Government cuts to the council have caused this, my wife has the Blue Badges and does not begrudge paying 60p to park for two hourse everyone else has to pay and so should Mr Warren . Mickgill
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4:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Sweeneyprepace says...

All this fuss over 60p. I bet Mr Warren would quite happily pay over £2 for a cup of coffee in one of those popular coffee shops that clutter up the high street (they are full of pensioners on weekdays). But paying for parking seems to bring out the worst in people. You know the rules Mr Warren so abide by them or face the consequences. I myself hope that your appeal fails and you are charged double!
All this fuss over 60p. I bet Mr Warren would quite happily pay over £2 for a cup of coffee in one of those popular coffee shops that clutter up the high street (they are full of pensioners on weekdays). But paying for parking seems to bring out the worst in people. You know the rules Mr Warren so abide by them or face the consequences. I myself hope that your appeal fails and you are charged double! Sweeneyprepace
  • Score: 1

8:09am Mon 27 Jan 14

PostPACE says...

A tough lesson learned “I parked near to the mobility scooter rental place and as there were no disabled spaces I just parked in a normal one and (assumed )as my blue badge was displayed I wouldn’t have to pay. ASSUMED never assume anything always read the signs.
A tough lesson learned “I parked near to the mobility scooter rental place and as there were no disabled spaces I just parked in a normal one and (assumed )as my blue badge was displayed I wouldn’t have to pay. ASSUMED never assume anything always read the signs. PostPACE
  • Score: 1

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