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Dundee woman hit with £600 of parking fines

By Beth Cherryman, 14 August 2013 11.00am.

A Dundee woman has racked up £600 in parking fines for leaving her car outside her own house.

Laura Downie, who lives on Earn Crescent in Menzieshill, said she has been ticketed
five times over the past year for breaking the two-hour parking restriction on the stretch of road outside her front door.

Furious Laura and her fellow residents say it’s “extremely difficult” getting a parking permit.

The 48-year-old senior carer said: “In a year I’ve been fined £600 for parking outside my own front door. It’s because there’s a two-hour parking zone outside my house.

“I think this is discrimination. There’s no other scheme in Dundee that’s got this.”

The restrictions at Earn Crescent are to combat parking problems caused by the volume of traffic to nearby Ninewells Hospital.

Laura said: “There’s a private car park but it’s always full. We’re very close to Ninewells and people visiting seem to use the car park. I think there should be some sort of sign to keep it residents parking only.

“I went down to get a parking permit, I had all the documents about my car but they refused to give me a permit without a copy of my council tax bill. I haven’t been able to go down again. I work a 12-hour nightshift and it’s shut on Saturday and Sunday.”

But Laura is not the only one. Other Earn Crescent residents have also had trouble getting a parking permit.

Alyson Rodger, 42, said: “I have a permit now, but it was extremely difficult to get one. They only cost £5 a year, it’s a minimal cost — that’s not the issue. The thing is that they only take a council tax bill to prove you live at your address. Even when I got that I was passed from office to office before I could get my permit.”

Andrew Cosgrove, 62, said: “Permits are so hard to get that most people just have to put up with it.”

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “The city council has made it as easy as possible for residents to get the necessary parking permits and guidance. Anyone with any inquiries or difficulties can telephone 432096 or email parkingenquiries@dundeecity.gov.uk.

“A copy of the application form and guidance on how to fill it in as well as the necessary documentation to prove proof of residence and proof of vehicle ownership can be found on the council’s website.”

Royal785 More than 1 year ago
if she parks on the side with what is "Supposed" to be Yellow No Parking Lines, Legally she can NOT be charged. Those lines do NOT abide by the Regulations concerning Yellow Lines. Those lines are broken and uneven so do NOT abide by the Regulations they are "supposed" to back.
Rab Adam More than 1 year ago
TYPICAL DIZZY BLONDE , GET WITH THE PROGRAMME AND GET YOUR PAPERWORK DOWN TO THE LOCAL DODO OFFICE AND GET YOUR NODDY BADGE TO PARK AT YOUR DOOR , ONLY IN DUNDEE AS THEY SAY DOES THIS TYPE OF LUCID PLANNING TAKE PLACE LOL
markgowans More than 1 year ago
Sadly this situation is not unique to the residents of Menzieshill. For over a year now I have witnessed one of my neighbours in Canning Place being victimised by traffic wardens. They come in the street and if my neighbours van is not in the street then they just leave even though there is other cars illegally parked. When approached and asked why they dont put tickets on other cars they try to say that only one half of the street is private parking even though our landlord Hillcrest housing association is the landlord for the whole street.
Dan More than 1 year ago
Rubbish i get a permit for the town centre every year it takes 5 minutes to get the permit i never show council tax letter as proof For £5 stop moaning i pay £70
Kev More than 1 year ago
Move to Stobswell. Some people park where they like there. You are allowed to park on double yellow lines no problem & you can even double park.
Sarah More than 1 year ago
I need a permit to park in the City Centre, just get the correct documentation and go down again to get one! Some people are never happy!!!!! I work long shifts too but still made time - better than having to deal with multiple fines. If this system weren't in place then I bet she wouldn't be happy either!