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Posted by: John Brace | 4th January 2017

Would you feel picked on if you had to make three journeys to renew a Blue Badge and then got a parking ticket?

Would you feel picked on if you had to make three journeys to renew a Blue Badge and then got a parking ticket?

                                  

Penalty Charge Notice

Penalty Charge Notice



Updated 17.1.2017 My wife received a letter stating that the parking ticket had been cancelled.

This is a tale of my wife’s dealings with Wirral Council over the past forty-eight hours.

Yesterday she went to the One Stop Shop in Conway Street, Birkenhead to renew her Blue Badge. Despite Wirral Council having proof on their records that she receives the high mobility component of DLA (which entitles her to a Blue Badge) the renewal was refused on two visits.

After she came home (upset) we both rang the Central Action and Duty Team (part of Wirral Council’s Social Services). After four minutes we were mysteriously cut off, so had to ring back and explain again. The person we were talking to said she would email the One Stop Shop and call us back.

We were called back at around 5.30 in the evening and it was suggested that she go back to the One Stop Shop today (which she did). She parked in the Oliver Street off-street car park displaying her Blue Badge.

While she was in the One Stop Shop (where her Blue Badge did get renewed at a cost to her of £10 (Wirral Council insisted they’d send it through the post)) at 10:19 am a civil enforcement officer (seemingly oblivious to her Blue Badge displayed) issued her with a Penalty Charge Notice allegedly for contravention code 40.

Contravention code 40 is for parking in an on-street disabled parking bay without displaying a valid disabled persons badge, where contravention code 87 is the one that should be used for off-street car parks.

It’s physically impossible for a car that the PCN states is in an off-street car park to be at the same time parked in an on street bay.

When asked for comment Wirral Council’s press office stated, “we can’t comment”.

However Leonora Brace said, “I don’t want them [Wirral Council] picking on me.”

So, there you go, has Wirral Council’s attitude changed? Are disabled adults just a cash cow to them? Or am I just getting angry because it’s my wife that they’re managing to upset? Or is this just as Wirral Council would put it, an example of a “private sector head with a public sector heart”?

Updated 15.1.2017 9 days after an appeal was submitted Wirral Council have been in touch on the 13.1.2017 stating that the case has been put on hold, will not progress further until a decision is made, but due to the high volumes of challenges this may take up to 4 weeks.

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  1. The ceos must be enhancing their Christmas bonuses! Did you not have a blue badge already,surely that would have deemed to be evidence of the need for one.
    The ceos are very poorly trained and Wirrals attitude is that any mistakes can be rectified on appeal,a shocking state of affairs to send out poorly trained personnel.
    FYI CEO=CIVIL ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

    • Yes Leonora has a Blue Badge, but it expires soon.

      The procedure is to insist on renewal at a One Stop Shop which have all been closed for Christmas, reopening yesterday.

      Yes, you’d think having an existing Blue Badge might just suggest you are entitled to one wouldn’t you?

  2. Commiserations John and Leonora

    You can join my Angry Club if you like.

    These people are just orrible and not fit for purpose.

    Ooroo

    James

    best wishes to you both. XX

    • If you started a “People angry at Wirral Council” club James, I think you’d have plenty of potential members!

      I can write articles to let off a bit of steam and then when I do, it seems somebody makes a Freedom of Information request asking how many tickets have been issued and how many overturned.

      Also the Wirral Globe published a reader letter on the topic.

      So it seems parking tickets are a topic the public has strong feelings on!

  3. G’day John

    Not an issue for me I don’t have or can afford a car since I blew the whistle to Adderley, the pride of St Kev’s, and Basnett, the pride of nothing really other than fake tan, bleached hair and fake smiles to whistle blowers.

    Ooroo

    James

  4. I note that the parking warden observed you parking for all of……well for the machine to print the same time it must have been less than a minute before deciding a ticket would be issued.

    • Hardly time to check if a Blue Badge is displayed eh? However it won’t surprise you that Wirral Council’s Cabinet agreed to an observation period of nil for this sort of matter!

  5. G’day John

    Another week goes by and “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive and deluded Dill” hasn’t replied to “Highbrow’s” question of 19 december.

    He must be so busy………………..

    Wouldn’t you think John five and a half years later he would just give up and be HONEST.

    Ooroo

    James

    I’m sure he has been used because he just looks like a limp lettuce.

    He could be excused as I bet he never made a football team or anything butch.

  6. Are you going to appeal the charge? I would if I were you!

    • Hi Robert,

      I presume you mean the parking ticket rather than the £10 charge for the Blue Badge renewal?

      If it’s the former, then I’ve already done so.

  7. G’day John

    From the rubbish paper from over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters

    Sales and profits down at Cammell Laird – but company stays upbeat

    Maybe Kev and Paula could take it over at “The Chamber Pot” and they could move to Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters at a peppercorn rent.

    Ooroo

    James

    Its probably in “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive and Deluded Dill’s” 20/200 vision that’s why that geyser from Camel Turds is on the “Chamber Pot” Board with the other egits Basnett, Adderley and Davies et al.

  8. G’day John

    COURT: Ex-Wirral Labour councillor admits making death threat to colleague on day MP Jo Cox was murdered

    Not worth commenting on John.


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