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Shirley resident hits out at parking fine.

A PILATES instructor has had her patience stretched to the limit after a traffic warden slapped her with a fine for parking within the free time limit.

A PILATES instructor has had her patience stretched to the limit after a traffic warden slapped her with a fine for parking within the free time limit.

Olivia Brook, who takes classes every Monday at Shirley Methodist Church, was shocked when she returned to the Iceland car park on March 18 to discover she had been hit with the fine.

The Wayfield Close resident realised the ticket she obtained to allow her to park free for the first three hours and displayed in her window, must have dropped onto the car park.

“It was a simple case of human error,” the 39-year-old said.

“I use this car park all the time and I am completely aware of the protocol of obtaining a permit to park within the allocated three hours and so always do this.

“All I am asking for is a bit of common sense. The warden would have observed how long my car had been in the car park.

“It feels as though the council are just waiting for you to slip up,” Mrs Brook added.

A spokesman for Solihull Council said: “The new free and display parking system provides customers with three hours of free parking. The process is clearly signed and every visitor needs to display a valid ticket in the windscreen of their vehicle before leaving the car park.

“This case is currently being considered through the council’s parking appeals process and we will notify Mrs Brook of the outcome within the next 21 days.”

 

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