A COUPLE who received a parking fine while acting as carers to an elderly lady have won their battle.
And they thanked Kirklees Council leader Clr Mehboob Khan for his intervention.
Ron and Tricia Berry’s request to have the penalty overturned on “compassionate grounds” has been finally granted.
Mrs Berry was visiting a frail Polish resident in Oastler Avenue in Huddersfield where on street parking is for permit holders only.
Mr Berry, 63, said: “The resident cannot remember ever receiving a permit for visitors, so when my wife visits she has been leaving a note “Visiting Sick Person” on the dashboard.
“Last week my wife came out of the house to find a parking fine on the windscreen.
“We had written two letters to the parking office explaining the situation and spoken to them on the telephone twice but they refused to take the circumstances into account and cancel the fine.
“They took the standpoint that it was our fault and we should have contacted them at the outset, informed them of the situation and obtained a replacement visitor’s parking permit.
“From a neutral position I have to agree they have a point, but we just did not think about doing that and hindsight is a wonderful thing.”
In conversations, the parking office said it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that a valid permit is applied for and received.
Mr and Mrs Berry however say that this kind of detail would have been seen to by the lady’s late husband and no such permit can be found in the property.
Mr Berry added: “As a retired couple we are genuinely trying to give support this woman, who we have known for 35 years, in her time of need.
“We thought it was very unfair indeed being asked to pay a parking fine whilst providing this invaluable service.
“She is entirely dependent on carers, her son visits at weekends and my wife visits once a week.
“What we were seeking from the parking office was compassion and understanding rather than a cold application of civil enforcement policies, rules and responsibilities.”
A new visitors permit has been applied for to prevent the situation happening again.
Clr Khan told the couple: “I will support your request for the ticket to be cancelled on compassionate grounds.”
The council have now confirmed to Clr Khan that the fine will be rescinded.