Couple ‘appalled’ at parking ticket for car stuck snow
PUBLISHED: 11:01 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 06 March 2018
Two care home staff from Clevedon, who were forced to abandon their car during the blizzard, have been issued with a parking fine for not moving their vehicle fast enough.
Michael and Jane Hanlon, who live in Castle Road, left their car in Marine Parade on Thursday night due to the heavy snowfall which left a number of roads blocked.
The couple, who both work in nursing homes, were called in to work over the weekend, but when they were finally able to move their car on Sunday they found they had been issued with a parking ticket.
Michael said: “It’s disgusting. The snow was 4ft deep in Holly Lane and Castle Road where we live and the roads were closed until Sunday afternoon.
“My wife and I left the car in Marine Parade and had to walk three-quarters of a mile home.
“The road was covered in snow so I didn’t know if there were any yellow lines.
“I got a phone call from work on Friday morning because staff couldn’t get into the nursing home. They asked if I could stay at the home overnight because I’m a chef.
“I had to walk from Castle Road to the edge of the motorway so someone in a 4x4 could pick me up.
“Our road was still blocked on Sunday morning when my wife went to work, but when we went to pick the car up in the evening we had a ticket.”
Mr Hanlon added: “I’m appalled. We were both working in nursing homes for people with dementia. We kept them going when a lot of people couldn’t get in.
“The council didn’t give anyone a chance to move their cars. Some local authorities said they would not issue tickets until Monday due to the snow.”
North Somerset Council said officers did not issue parking tickets until Sunday and only in roads where snow had cleared.
But Mr Hanlon said their road was blocked when they left for work in the morning, so they had no chance to move their car in time.
A council spokesman said: “We didn’t issue any tickets on Friday or Saturday. Instead our officers delivered meals on wheels using 4x4 vehicles to the southern part of North Somerset. They also collected key members of staff from home. On Sunday we issued tickets but only where there was no snow.”