Man fined after disabled bay was painted around his car overnight

April 5, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A motorist left his house on April’s Fools Day to find a new disabled parking bay painted around his car – and a £110 ticket on his windscreen.

Matt Armstrong  (SWNS Group)

Matt Armstrong (SWNS Group)

Fuming Matt Armstrong, 46, said the blunder was probably the result of a request from a former neighbour for a disabled spot TWO years previously.

The space was created outside his home in West Norwood, South London where Matt had left his Renault Clio overnight.

Matt said: “I was absolutely livid but it’s the sort of thing you expect from Lambeth Council.

“It hadn’t been a good week financially and then I was hit by this fine.

“It was dated March 31 and the painting must have been done either during the night or early in the morning.

“Nobody saw or heard anything.”
SWNS_MATT_ARMSTRONG_012Matt, a stage technician at the Adelphi Theatre, added: “My neighbour asked for a disabled bay for her husband about two -and-a-half-years ago.

“They never put one in and her husband died about two months ago.

“It must be quiet upsetting for her. They never delivered the parking bay while he was alive and her husband has only just recently died.”

Matt’s wife, Ali Bell, 45, who works in the costumes department at the same theatre, made repeated failed attempts to question Lambeth over the fine.
SWNS_MATT_ARMSTRONG_021Matt added: “My wife has tried contacting them numerous times. They’ve put us through all the usual pillars and posts.

“We haven’t been able to speak to anybody. We’ve made an official complaint and we haven’t had an apology.

“Now that it’s in the papers that they’ve cancelled the fine, I’d love to see them try and make me pay it.

“I would like them to apologise to me and my neighbour.

“We don’t need a disabled parking bay here, a man who needs one up the road already has one.”

Lambeth council said: “We’ll cancel the fixed penalty notice and are investigating why there was some confusion around the marking of the disabled bays.”

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