December 10, 2011 Peterlee Mail
A QUIET market day sparked a parking row as disabled badge holders were fined in a town centre car park.
Gale force winds and winter temperatures led to Hartlepool’s Thursday open market, next to the ramp in York Road, in the town having less than a dozen stalls.
Due to the sparse market space, motorists took the opportunity to park in the car park which is usually taken up by stalls.
But disabled badge holders returned to their vehicles to find they had been slapped with a £35 penalty notice.
Hartlepool Borough Council says the area is designated for the open market on a Thursday and market traders voiced concerns about the safety of pedestrians.
But Tracy Reine, 47, a full-time carer for her disabled husband, Stephen, 55, said she was “disgusted” after discovering she had been handed a fine.
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