Four fines in one year for disabled man, 84, who parks in Beverley's Saturday Market
AN 84-YEAR-OLD disabled man has been given four £70 parking tickets in 12 months.
Pat Nolan, who has lived for years in a flat above a shop in Beverley's Saturday Market, is fed up with being handed fines.
With angina and old age making it difficult for him to walk, Mr Nolan says he has little option but to park near his home in what is one of the most heavily policed short-stay car parks in the East Riding.
He said: "I've had four tickets in the past year. I'm on a pension and it's beyond a joke."
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As a disabled badge holder, Mr Nolan is entitled to park in disabled bays for a maximum of three hours provided he displays his badge and timing clock.
He can also park, for free, in any other space and the council has previously said, because he really has nowhere else to park, wardens will allow him to stay longer than the two-hour short stay limit.
Despite that, Mr Nolan has been ticketed on four separate occasions in the past 12 months.
On one occasion, the blue disabled badge had slipped in the holder, so the expiry date could not be read.
Another time, last Good Friday, Mr Nolan failed to notice signs had gone up at the entrances to the car park warning people to stay away because of the crucifixion re-enactment.
The third time Mr Nolan's second-hand Ford was in a disabled bay but without the required time clock showing.
The final time, the council says he was again in a disabled bay without a time clock.
Mr Nolan disputes that, explaining he was not actually in a disabled bay and he has a photograph to prove it.
He said: "That time I was next but one to the disabled bays.
"The council has even sent me a very nice photo showing I'm not in the disabled bay."
John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding Council, said: "There is no way at all we are treating Mr Nolan any differently to anyone else.
"It's about sensible enforcement. If a motorist feels we haven't applied it correctly, we have an appeals process and if our staff have got something wrong, we would cancel it.
"We have offered to meet Mr Nolan to ask him what his problem is."