86-year-old given parking ticket while at her brother-in-laws funeral
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 April 2018
An 86-year-old woman from Romford is angry with the council after she was given a parking ticket while attending her brother-in-laws funeral.
The council has since apologised and said that the £130 parking ticket was down to an administrative error.
Irene Downard’s brother-in-law, Frank Curley, 80, was killed just before Christmas after colliding with a lorry while he was riding his bike in Romford town centre.
His funeral was held in January and while Irene was attending, she was given a parking ticket for leaving her car outside his house in Norfolk Road as she travelled with the procession to the crematorium for the service.
Residents in Norfolk Road require a parking permit and if you don’t have one it could lead to a £130 fine.
Irene got back to her brother-in-laws house and saw that she had a parking ticket on her car.
Her grand-daughter, Charlotte Gilder, contacted the Recorder and said that she had contacted the council prior to the funeral to see if it was okay for relatives to park outside Frank’s house, and an officer said it would be fine.
Charlotte said: “I think the way that Havering have been is just awful.
“My nan was burying her brother-in-law and she was given a parking ticket for this. It shows a complete lack of respect.
“It is more frustrating because at first I rang the council to complain and they said that it would be sorted and apologised for giving her a ticket in the first place.”
Charlotte said that they appealed the parking ticket as advised to do so by the council, but received a letter last week asking them to pay a £130 fine it had been rejected.
Irene told the Recorder: “To be quite truthful I think it is a lot of old rubbish.
“Everybody was grieving that day and this is what happened. “We couldn’t believe it.”
A Havering Council spokesman said: “An administrative error occurred when the request was received, which is a very rare occurrence.
“The fine has now been cancelled and we offer our apologies to Mrs Downard for any upset caused”