A MEMBER of the much-loved Studley in Bloom committee was ‘utterly amazed’ after being slapped with a parking fine by a traffic warden who told her ‘not to worry’ about where she was parked.
Barbara Saunders had parked up outside Mountbatten House on Alcester Road, to unload her blooms ready for planting.
The pensioner had parked her vehicle on the wide pavement outside, being careful to leave plenty of space for passing pedestrians.
“I thought the bus stop is just there so I better tuck my car in,” she said. “My colleague was parked half on and half off the pavement.”
As she was working away, as she has done for the last three to four years, she looked up and saw a traffic warden by her car.
“I ran to him and said just a minute, please don’t do that – do you want me to move my car?” she said.
After offering to move her vehicle, and clearly wearing her high-visibilty Studley in Bloom tabard, Barbara was told by the traffic warden, “don’t worry I can see that you’re working.”
“It was hand on chest relief,” Barbara added. “The car was tucked away and was not causing any obstruction.”
So she carried on filling the planters only to look up and see the warden taking a photograph but as she was not in hearing distance she thought nothing more of it.
But when she returned to her car, Barbara was dismayed to see a ticket – fining her £70, or £35 if payment was made within two weeks.
“It was to my utter amazement,” she said. “At no time did he suggest I move my car and my colleague was not spoken to at all.
“The whole thing is baffling, but fortunately the experience will not deter me from supporting Studley in Bloom.”
A council spokesperson said: “We are aware of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) that was issued due to a vehicle being parked on a yellow line during hours of operation. An appeal was rejected and the fine has now been paid and the case closed.”