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Patient Driven Mad
A driver has been left parking mad after being hit with a ticket at the packed Ballerup car park.
Derek Fox, from Lindsayfield, said he had no idea he had parked outwith a space as there were no solid yellow lines or signs to indicate otherwise.
He had been visiting the nearby Hunter Health Centre for an appointment and after seeing another driver pull out what he thought was a space, he nipped in.
However, Derek, who has been suffering from chronic sciatica, said he didn’t expect to come back to find a parking ticket on his windscreen.
And when he phoned South Lanarkshire Council to explain what had happened he was told, much to his annoyance, the ticket wouldn’t be revoked.
A frustrated Derek said: “I parked at the side of the Ballerup Hall between two other cars thinking it was a space. There was nothing to say otherwise and I actually parked after someone else pulled out of the space. I have been struggling with really bad sciatica and can’t walk very far. It’s a real struggle to get a space if you are visiting the health centre - especially with Royal Mail vans taking up a lot of the spaces.
“I never expected to come out to a parking ticket and I am just wondering how many other people have been caught out – I always see people parking in that space, so the council must be raking in a fortune in fines. I am not the only one who has parked there by a long shot.”
Derek added: “There should be a sign or yellow lines to make it clear this area isn’t a space.
“It’s totally unfair fining people who have no way of knowing they are parking where they shouldn’t.”
Furious patients have complained about the lack of parking spaces since the multi-million pound Hunter Health Centre opened its doors last year.
Many say they struggle to get a space in South Lanarkshire Council’s Ballerup car park with limited drop-off and pick-up spaces only in front of the health centre.
And with the limited parking available close to the health centre, patients slammed the decision by the council to allow Royal Mail to purchase permits for 22 spaces in the car park for their vehicles.
Gordon Mackay, head of South Lanarkshire Council’s roads and Transportation Service, said: “Mr Fox’s vehicle was parked outwith a marked parking bay.
“There are no yellow lines in car parks, only marked bays, where vehicles are allowed to park.
“Parking on access roads leading to car parking spaces causes inconvenience for others.
“Mr Fox can formally appeal the charge if he wishes and he has been informed of this.”