A ticket - after parking in the same spot for 20 years

Alison Arundel feels she was singled out for a parking ticket after leaving her car outside her business premises in Marshall Avenue
Alison Arundel feels she was singled out for a parking ticket after leaving her car outside her business premises in Marshall Avenue

She has used the same parking spot outside her business for more than 20 years – so Alison Arundel was stunned when a parking ticket was slapped on her windscreen last week.

To add to her frustration, she claims other cars parked in a similar manner on Marshall Avenue escaped punishment.

Last Wednesday, Alison had left her car outside Cosford House, sheltered housing accommodation for people with mental health issues, in Marshall Avenue.

But at lunchtime, a warden had issued a fine, claiming the wheels were blocking the pavement.

Alison told the Free Press: “If they had an issue, they could have written to me or come to speak to me. It’s common courtesy.

“I definitely wasn’t causing an obstruction and I have never had a complaint.

“I’m absolutely shocked. I have parked in this same spot for more than 20 years and have never had a ticket.”

She said she had seen examples of cars causing more of an obstruction at locations away from the town centre, but drivers there seemed to get away with their parking.

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “Mrs Arundel has submitted an appeal against this parking penalty notice, and therefore the council is unable to comment on this case until after the appeal is dealt with.

“However it should be noted that parking restrictions indicated by double yellow lines along the side of a road apply from the centre of the road to the limit of the highway, and that does include any verge or path associated with that particular stretch of road.”