'Bloody-minded' Sutton Council hand disabled grandfather parking fine

Sutton Guardian: Brian Mutten, a retired London Ambulance Service technician Brian Mutten, a retired London Ambulance Service technician

A disabled grandfather has accused the council of being ‘bloody-minded’ after issuing him with a parking ticket as he went to pick up his prescription.

Brian Mutten, 77, a retired London Ambulance Service technician, parked outside the Lotus Chemist, in Wrythe Lane, two weeks ago while he popped into Wrythe Green Surgery to pick up his prescription and then on to the pharmacy.

Sutton Guardian:

His wife was driving and they decided to park in the marked bays - that are not metered - outside the chemist, which they had done on many occasions in the past, because the surgery’s car park is temporarily closed for repairs.

The council has said tickets are being issued when people do not park within the lines of the bays - but motorists say they are not clearly marked.

However, Mr Mutten, who has a heart condition and problems walking, received a parking fine after a CCTV camera snapped them in one of the bays.

Sutton Guardian:

The grandfather-of-seven said: "It’s a nightmare. You can’t even see the white lines. I was in a bay, in the white lines. People can’t get into the car park for the surgery.

"Basically I’m just annoyed so many people are getting tickets that can’t afford it. I have been parking in a wheelchair there for six-and-a-half years.

"I just feel the council are being stupid over it. The thing about it is the council is being bloody minded about it.

"I just feel the council are out of order - they should be helping people under these circumstances."

Mr Mutten’s wife had to go to Nigeria for a few weeks so he begrudgingly paid the £55 parking fine instead of trying to fight it.

Beddington councillor, John Keys, described the situation as ‘dreadful’ and said: "There’s no meter or anything to pay - people have been parking there for years.

"It is dreadful down there. People deserve to know especially when the surgery hasn’t got a car park as it’s closed for essential repairs."

Sutton Council have not responded to a request for comment..


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12:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

LiberalsOut says...

Lets not forget Sutton Council is under budget on handing out parking fines
So expect many more to be handed out hoping people will not question them
Lets not forget Sutton Council is under budget on handing out parking fines So expect many more to be handed out hoping people will not question them LiberalsOut
  • Score: 14

1:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Simon Densley says...

Expect not only more of the same but much worse if the Lib Dems get in again in May.
Expect not only more of the same but much worse if the Lib Dems get in again in May. Simon Densley
  • Score: 11

1:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

LiberalsOut says...

Simon Densley wrote:
Expect not only more of the same but much worse if the Lib Dems get in again in May.
You are so right, but the rersidents of Sutton never learn
There must be some people who really hate the rest of us and vote Lib Dem for some unknown reason
[quote][p][bold]Simon Densley[/bold] wrote: Expect not only more of the same but much worse if the Lib Dems get in again in May.[/p][/quote]You are so right, but the rersidents of Sutton never learn There must be some people who really hate the rest of us and vote Lib Dem for some unknown reason LiberalsOut
  • Score: 11

1:31pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Keysie64 says...

Sounds like a Lib Dem money making machine
Sounds like a Lib Dem money making machine Keysie64
  • Score: 8

2:05pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Keysie64 says...

To make matters worse a Lib Dem Cllr refused to help.
To make matters worse a Lib Dem Cllr refused to help. Keysie64
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Niki R says...

Would these be some of the bays that were meant to be repainted with the £2m the Lib Dems 'found' when I questioned them last Autumn on the issue of residents getting tickets because the white lines were so faded? It appears the bays in Tavistock Road that I specifically mentioned in my question to them remain the only ones to be redrawn...
Would these be some of the bays that were meant to be repainted with the £2m the Lib Dems 'found' when I questioned them last Autumn on the issue of residents getting tickets because the white lines were so faded? It appears the bays in Tavistock Road that I specifically mentioned in my question to them remain the only ones to be redrawn... Niki R
  • Score: 8

4:38pm Thu 27 Feb 14

cicero35 says...

Typical socialist council no compassion what type of people voted for them.?
Typical socialist council no compassion what type of people voted for them.? cicero35
  • Score: 3

5:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Giles C says...

Seems like Cllr Shields prophecy is coming true even ahead of the elections..
Cllr Whitehead needs to ceremoniously booted out along with the other cockpit merchant Cllr Mccoy.
They impose their ideology on us rather than letting us get on with our own lives..
Seems like Cllr Shields prophecy is coming true even ahead of the elections.. Cllr Whitehead needs to ceremoniously booted out along with the other cockpit merchant Cllr Mccoy. They impose their ideology on us rather than letting us get on with our own lives.. Giles C
  • Score: 10

5:23pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Keysie64 wrote:
To make matters worse a Lib Dem Cllr refused to help.
No SH!T
[quote][p][bold]Keysie64[/bold] wrote: To make matters worse a Lib Dem Cllr refused to help.[/p][/quote]No SH!T Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Come on, Lib Dumb trolls, give all these comments a thumbs down vote, why don't you?
Come on, Lib Dumb trolls, give all these comments a thumbs down vote, why don't you? Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: 1

5:03am Fri 28 Feb 14

Monstermunch17 says...

The fine was not challenged, and then upheld, but paid first time, 'begrudgingly'.
So in what way is the council being bloody-minded?
If he was in the lines, as he states, why didn't he take a picture showing just that? Finally, £55 over 6.5 years, makes it around £9 a year, or 18p a time for a weekly prescription, for parking right outside the chemists, so let's keep some perspective.

To the poster who described the Lib Dems as 'socialist' - I would recommend some reading.
The fine was not challenged, and then upheld, but paid first time, 'begrudgingly'. So in what way is the council being bloody-minded? If he was in the lines, as he states, why didn't he take a picture showing just that? Finally, £55 over 6.5 years, makes it around £9 a year, or 18p a time for a weekly prescription, for parking right outside the chemists, so let's keep some perspective. To the poster who described the Lib Dems as 'socialist' - I would recommend some reading. Monstermunch17
  • Score: -2

1:52pm Wed 5 Mar 14

jojackman says...

I have a pic of the CCTV smart car parked on the double yellows I took it in shock when I saw it! Vultures
I have a pic of the CCTV smart car parked on the double yellows I took it in shock when I saw it! Vultures jojackman
  • Score: 2

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