Pensioners getting Covid booster jab are being hit with parking tickets

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The elderly drivers are returning to their cars at Ramsbottom Civic Hall in Bury, Greater Manchester, to find tickets on them.

Katherine Levin, who identifies as disabled, discovered a notice on her vehicle.

During public question time at Bury’s full council meeting on Wednesday evening, Mrs Lavin urged the council to “help the NHS do everything it can to overcome the pandemic”.

Mrs Lavin told councillors that her experience went against the council’s policy of “providing safe places for people to go and get their vaccinations,” reports Manchester Evening News.

She said: “I and other disabled and older people have been prosecuted. We hadn’t been there for a long time. We were there to receive our Covid jabs.

“By doing this how is Bury Council, helping the NHS overcome this epidemic?”

Bury Council, controlled by the Labour Party, say it has received reports vehicles have been damaged in the car park adjacent to the civic hall as it is extremely busy.

But earlier this month, whistleblower Jackie Griffiths, 61, shared concerns motorists were being targeted. 

Jackie, a volunteer outdoor marshal at the vaccination centre, said: “The car park is on a hill and you get elderly people who have to drive up the hill into the car park and then walk down to the centre.

“The bays are marked out but the paint is very worn.

“There’s also the issue of leaves obscuring the lines at this time of year.”

 

A spokesperson for Bury Council, said: “The clinic at Ramsbottom Civic Hall has been extremely busy offering first and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and now booster jabs too.

“As a result, the adjacent car park is often congested with people turning up for their vaccinations.

“There is very limited room to manoeuvre, therefore it is essential that drivers park properly and in a bay in order to maximise the space available.

“We have had a number of reports of cars being damaged due to drivers trying to negotiate other people’s poor parking.

“If anyone feels they have wrongly been issued with a parking fine, we would advise them to lodge an appeal via the process outlined on the ticket.”

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