Leicester shopping centre parking fine is criticised by disabled woman
A disabled woman has said a decision to fine her £90 for parking in a shopping centre's car park and then visiting another store is "stupid".
Lorraine Pacey, 52, received the ticket when she visited Beaumont Shopping Centre, Beaumont Leys, on Tuesday.
She had crossed the road to briefly visit neighbouring shop Matalan, so her carer Kerry Russell could return an item. The pair then returned to the Beaumont Centre to continue shopping.
As Matalan is not officially part of the centre and has its own charging car park. Mrs Pacey, of Leicester's Hinckley Road area, was fined for the "unauthorised use" of the Beaumont Centre's car park. There are signs to warn people of this rule but neither Mrs Pacey nor her carer had seen them.
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Mrs Pacey, who suffers from cancer and has had multiple strokes as a result of treatment, said: "The ticket was issued at 1.40pm, and we only left the car at 1.39pm, so the parking attendant must have watched us.
"He could quite easily have come and spoken to us.
"The purpose of our trip was not to go to Matalan, we only went there first so we were not carrying things around the other shops.
"It seems stupid that you have to park in a different car park to go to a shop across the road."
Sarah Duffin, centre manager for Beaumont Shopping Centre, has now offered to pay the fine and is waiting to hear if it will be waived completely after Mrs Pacey's daughter Terri complained.
Miss Duffin said: "Signage is up and quite plain but I have no wish to penalise folk who 'nip' over there and then do the bulk of their shopping on this side."
Each shop within the centre pays a service charge to allow shoppers to have free parking. Miss Duffin said it was not fair for tenants to pay for Matalan customers to park for free.
Mrs Pacey said the thought of paying a £90 fine caused her a great deal of stress.
She said she was happier after hearing the fine was expected to be quashed.
Iain Vann, operations manager for Fortress Security Ltd, who run the parking enforcement on site, said: "This issue has been resolved and I do not wish to comment further."