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Pensioner sickened by Blackburn with Darwen Council
2:30pm Friday 14th September 2012 in News
A DISABLED pensioner is considering moving house after he received a parking ticket despite displaying a valid permit.
Adam Mohammed, who lives in Shearwater Drive, was told when he moved in that he would need to pay for a residents’ permit to park in one of the three spaces outside his housing association flat.
The 69-year-old applied to Blackburn with Darwen Council for the pass and was given a stamped letter which allowed him to park until the permit arrived. But, despite following the guidelines, Mr Mohammed said he was still slammed with a £35 fine.
The father-of-three, who drives a black Vauxhall Meriva mobility car, said: “I applied for a permit about four weeks ago and they told me to put the letter they gave me in the window of the car, so I was definitely not expecting a ticket.
“I spoke to the traffic warden and he said I should appeal it and the council should not get away with it.
“It is making me very ill, I struggle to get to my car as it is.”
Mr Mohammed suffers from a heart condition and arthritis and has recently been in hospital after suffering a seizure.
He said the stress of receiving the ticket, despite having done everything he could to avoid it, was making him feel even more ill.
He added: “It is an absolute joke.
“I need my car, it gets me out of my flat.”
A council spokesman said: “There is some discrepancy and he needs to formerly challenge the penalty charge notice in writing or by email.
“That way we will be able to look into the exact circumstances surrounding the case and determine a course of action.”