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'My parking fine is just CAR-AZY'

PUBLISHED: 16:25 31 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 23 August 2010

UPSET: Mary Curran

UPSET: Mary Curran

A MOTORIST was given an £35 fine after roadworks stopped her from parking on her own driveway. Mary Curran, 55, of Leith Park Road, Gravesend, slammed the council claiming her failure to win an appeal shows it is only interested in making money. Gravesh

A MOTORIST was given an £35 fine after roadworks stopped her from parking on her own driveway.

Mary Curran, 55, of Leith Park Road, Gravesend, slammed the council claiming her failure to win an appeal shows it is only interested in making money.

Gravesham Borough Council, which has made almost £45,000 in the last financial year from parking fines, rejected her appeal.

Mrs Curran returned to her home from carrying out errands at 11.15am on March 10,. She discovered vehicles that were resurfacing her road blocking her access so she parked in neighbouring Sandy Bank.

She went to collect her car at 4.30pm once the roadworks had finished but discovered a parking ticket issued at 11.30am.

She said: "I have a large driveway so I don't need a parking permit. I put a letter on my windscreen explaining that I couldn't park at home. Any inspector could see what was happening.

"I also sent an e-mail to the council to explain. I can't believe I still got a ticket, it just shows that Gravesham just see this as a way to make money."

Having lodged an appeal, she has since been informed she would have to pay the £35 fine before yesterday or the face the full cost of £70.

She added: "What I can't understand is the warden could see my situation but still gave out the ticket. Arriving at 11.30 he would have seen the big resurfacing lorries. I can't believe no consideration was taken.

"I will pay the fine but I want people to know that the system is all about taking our money."

In the financial year 2008/09 Gravesham Borough Council received £448,097 from parking fines, which is used to pay for other highways related expenses.

There were 2,461 appeals lodged, of which 661 were successful.

A spokesman for the council said: "Dispensations are not normally granted for vehicles to park in restricted areas while works are carried out.

"The driver does have the right to make a formal representation to the council is she feels aggrieved and a letter advising her of that will arrive in a couple of weeks."

He added that Mrs Curran could then take the matter to an independent adjudicator.

nick.hitchens@archant.co.uk

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