Parking ticket in Torquay for son collecting dad's death certificate
A TORQUAY parking company has refused to back down after issuing a ticket to a motorist picking up a death certificate for his father.
Cheshire paediatrician Mark Deakin parked at the Bridge Retail Park in Torquay because he could find nowhere to park in the hospital grounds.
He travelled down to be with his father, Terence, in his last moments but, sadly, was too late to see him.
He returned the next day to pick up the death certificate.
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But he says despite explaining the tragic circumstances in his appeal, the firm Premier Park has stood by its decision.
Mr Deakin's wife, Beth, said: "I do not dispute that the ticket was properly issued but all we are asking for is a little bit of understanding and compassion."
Staff at the Cheshire church where Mrs Deakin works wrote a letter of support but it, too, fell on deaf ears.
The firm re-iterated there are signs clearly displayed and that the car park is for customers only.
A spokesman said: "The retail park in question has had issues previously with people using it as parking for the hospital due to charges being in place there, and spaces at the hospital being limited at times.
"While we empathise with anyone needing to visit a hospital, the retail park parking areas are not for the use of hospital visitors.
"The scheme to publicise and prevent this has been in place for more than five years and there are also in excess of 10 signs advertising this fact."
He said if anyone is unhappy with an appeal decision they have received, they have the right to appeal to an independent body, implemented as part of the Protection of Freedoms Act (PoFA) 2012.