Pensioner fights Aldi parking fine

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A disabled elderly woman is to fight a parking fine she was given for supposedly not using a supermarket car park correctly.

Penny Gorst, 88, was served with a summons for £70 after being accused of using the Aldi car park, in Cleveleys, without going in the store.

However, during the time her car was parked there she was inside the store carrying out her weekly shop.

Mrs Gorst, from Queensway, Poulton, said: “I fear that it’s going to be a growing concern to the whole area. I shouldn’t have to go through all this business, it’s a bit of a humbug really. I just shopped there after going to church. It’s not very nice when you’re a customer and you don’t do anything wrong.”

The car park, which is run by Chorley company Parking Eye, photographs drivers to see whether they are using the adjacent supermarket or not.

Mrs Gorst received a letter on Monday telling her she owed a £70 fine for inappropriate use of the car park on July 13.

She added: “Some people are rather frightened when they get these letters and just pay the money, but I won’t.”

Coun Lesley McKay, Mrs Gorst’s representative onWyre Council, said: “She is an elderly lady who followed all the rules and she’s got a parking ticket.

“We don’t want this because we’ve got a lot of elderly people in the area and it’s quite frightening if these operators send them quite a threatening letter through the post.”

“If she doesn’t pay it, we’ll be helping her.”

Despite repeated calls to Parking Eye, The Gazette was unable to reach anyone for comment.

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