Motorists who were handed £70 parking fines while attending funerals in Grimsby say common sense has prevailed after council bosses agreed to withdraw the tickets.
Furious mourners contacted the Grimsby Telegraph to express their disgust after being handed parking fines while grieving the loss of loved ones at Grimsby Crematorium.
At the time, council parking boss Jason Longhurst branded the actions of parking wardens as “unacceptable” and announced plans to rescind tickets given to mourners.
North East Lincolnshire Council has now confirmed that seven people who were given parking tickets in the area surrounding the Weelsby Road crematorium while funerals were taking place have had their fines cancelled.
Val Gautby, 72, of Chichester Road, Cleethorpes, was one of four people who were handed fines while attending the funeral of her daughter’s nephew, Daniel Stocks, 24, who lost his 20-year battle with leukaemia last month, as reported.
She said: “I received a letter last week letting me know that my fine had been rescinded.
“I’m pleased that common sense has prevailed, but I still can’t belive the wardens handed out the tickets in the first place.
“It was obviously a large funeral and I had parked on a grass verge because there was nowhere else to go.
“It was so insensitive of the wardens to start handing out tickets, diplomacy and consideration should have stepped in but they didn’t.”
Mr Longhurst, assistant executive director for planning, transportation and housing, has urged anybody who was given a parking ticket outside the crematorium – but has not received a letter informing them that the ticket has been rescinded – to get in touch with the council.
He said: “As far as I am aware, the penalty charge notices (PCN) issued during the funeral at the crematorium have now been dealt with through the informal appeals process.
“While it has been established that the enforcement officers were technically right to issue the notices, we have taken a common sense approach and looked at the mitigating circumstances – an approach I would advocate in all cases across the borough.
“I would urge anyone who feels they have wrongly received a parking ticket to follow the appeals procedure printed on the PCN.
“Parking enforcement remains an important tool to keep our roads safe and free-flowing. But when we make errors of judgement we will put them right.”
As reported, up to seven of the town’s 17 parking wardens could face redundancy as part of cost-cutting measures at the council.
Balfour Beatty confirmed last month that “employee numbers will be reviewed” as part of changes to the division – which is part of the firm’s regeneration partnership with NELC – but have declined to comment further.