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Parking scheme is 'bureaucracy gone mad' says Blackburn resident
4:00pm Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
A BLACKBURN dad has said a residents’ parking scheme is targeting him for cash every time he changes vehicles.
When Gary Wearden changed his car last year, he received a ticket within hours of the car being delivered to his home, where a residents parking scheme operates.
The Heyhurst Road resident was unable to get the ticket cancelled in spite of being able to prove he was a resident and was unable to apply for a new car permit until his insurance documents arrived.
Having paid the ticket, he pledged he would have paperwork ready in advance if he changed cars again. When the 47-year-old bought a car in December, he had everything ready beforehand.
But in spite of displaying a valid permit from the start, he says he’s had two tickets, one in January and one last week, since changing his Ford Escort for a Vauxhall Astra.
He has had to make numerous trips to Blackburn with Darwen’s council offices, in spite of having the relevant paperwork.
The self-employed painter and decorator, who lives near Blackburn College said: “It’s just bureaucracy gone mad. Every time I go in to complain they say, ‘Come back tomorrow’. But like most people I have a job to do and can’t spend all my time there. If I can prove I am a resident and have done all I can to show a permit, why can’t they use some common sense?
“I think most people get fed up and pay the fine, but I did that the first time. This time they can’t even explain why I’ve got a ticket. It says not displaying a permit, but I took photographs to prove I had. It’s just a way to make money.”
The tickets issued recently say a valid permit was not displayed and Mr Wearden has tried to speak to officers to show them paperwork and pictures of a permit being displayed.
Blackburn with Darwen Council said they cannot comment on the recent issue of tickets but that last year the fine stood because Mr Wearden did not have a valid permit. The council said they had a record of Mr Wearden’s newly approved permit which he applied for in December.
A spokesman said he needs to make challenges through the proper channels: “We recommend Mr Wearden contacts the Traffic Enforcement Centre and asks for the order to be revoked or that he seeks legal advice. It is recommended that Mr Wearden makes any challenges as soon as possible.”