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Sidcup pensioner's surprise at £165 parking fine mix-up by Bexley Council
A DISABLED pensioner from Sidcup was left flabbergasted after being ordered to pay a £165 parking fine – despite it being cancelled three months ago.
Bruce Pittman, of Langdon Shaw, was initially told he had to fork out £110 to contest the charge for parking in his regular spot near Iceland in Sidcup town centre in May.
The 79-year-old returned to his car to find a traffic warden had slapped a ticket on his car after his blue badge had fallen over his dashboard while getting out of the VW.
Thanks to News Shopper the fine was quashed by Bexley Council.
But last week a council mix-up led to another letter being sent out to the retired joiner and builder, who cannot walk to the local shop due to his crippling arthritis in his left knee.
This time the bill was for £165 - £55 extra because of late payment.
Mr Pittman said: “When I rang up the council they say they had no record of it being cancelled and I must pay it.
“It’s really surprised me because there seems to be a distinct lack of communication between the departments.”
The council has since backtracked after News Shopper highlighted the problem.
A spokeswoman from the local authority said: “We can confirm that the Penalty Charge Notice has now been cancelled and sincerely apologise that due to an error, this did not happen at the time of the original enquiry.
"We have today written to the motorist to clarify the matter.”
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