Woman gets parking ticket for dropping off terminally ill husband at opticians (From This Is Local London)
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Woman gets parking ticket from Harrow Borough Council for dropping off terminally ill husband at opticians in town centre
The wife of a man with terminal cancer who was given a parking ticket as she helped him into a shop says she is 'disgusted' by her treatment.
Beryl Cursons, 74, of Manor Way, North Harrow received the ticket while dropping off her husband Peter, who has bone cancer and a shattered spine, at an opticians in Harrow town centre.
On appealing the ticket the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service recommended Harrow Borough Council cancel the fine due to Mr Cursons circumstances. Despite this the council refused to cancel the ticket.
However when the Harrow Times contacted the council it decided to withdraw the fine.
Before the council’s change of heart Mrs Cursons said: “When I found out they were not going to cancel it I was just disgusted.
“I was horrified and it just feels like they haven’t listened to me and our circumstances and they just don’t care about what we are going through.
“There is no way Peter would be able to walk from a car park and it was the only way he could get to the shop. It just isn’t fair and just seems heartless.”
Mrs Cursons has been looking after her husband Peter, 78, for two years since he was diagnosed with spinal cancer and is his full time carer.
Councillor James Bond, who has been helping Mrs Cursons said: “This is not a case of trying to excuse an unfortunate motorist from a parking contravention.
“There were mitigating circumstances which the independent adjudicator has also recognised.
“I am glad that common sense and common decency has prevailed over this frankly offensive parking ticket.”
In a statement today the council’s head of services for collections Fern Silverio said: “The council has withdrawn this penalty charge notice, and we would like to apologise to Mrs Cursons and her family for any distress this issue may have caused.”
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