I’m stunned after being fined £100 for dropping off my children by the pool – signs aren’t clear

An NHS worker was “stunned” after being handed a £100 parking fine for waiting 11 minutes at a local leisure centre.

Catherine, a medical professional in the NHSShe was confused when she was slapped with the fine after picking up her children from swimming.

Catherine was fined £100 after picking up her children from the leisure centre

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Catherine was fined £100 after picking up her children from the leisure centreCredit: BPM

She blasted the fine as “disproportionate” and blamed it on a recent change in the way parking is enforced.

Catherine, off BristolShe says she received the ticket on December 20, but it’s not clear what she did wrong.

The notice referred to the Hengrove Park Leisure Center (Disabled Access) and noted that she was in the area from 4:15 p.m. to 4:26 p.m.

Initially, the mother thought it was because of a 10-minute restriction in an exit zone, but later found out it was because she had stopped in a disabled space.

Outside the center there are two parking zones with a facility for blue badge holders and a time-limited exit zone.

There is a multi-story parking garage across the street with up to three hours of free parking.

She told Bristol Live: “There’s a drop off and pick up bay outside the leisure center and I often drop my children off there and they run in and go to the swimming pool.

“I pick them up there too, but I would never park in a handicapped space if that’s what the ticket says, but it’s not explicit.

“I don’t have £100 to allegedly pay ten minutes in this car park to drop off and pick up my children.

“I don’t even remember parking there [on that day], but the fact is that even if I was parked there, it’s a 10-minute drop-off or pick-up; it’s worse than the airport!”

The furious health worker accused car park Smart Parking Ltd of changing the parking system and “punishing their customers”, which she described as “stunning”.

She added: “The amount feels really disproportionate. It’s a huge amount of money.

“These hidden charges will bankrupt people like me who are unaware of these new cameras and these hidden charges. I’m a single mom trying to encourage my kids to do something healthy and active.

“I think it’s a mercenary money-making scheme and the council should be ashamed to allow it.”

Catherine said she initially considered paying the fine “out of fear” and that she couldn’t speak to anyone at Smart Parking.

She said: “I’m very law-abiding and things like that really scare me. I can’t stand the idea of ​​it saying it could be passed on to a collections agent.

“It’s all automated, the only options are you can contest it in writing or online, but you can’t talk to anyone.

“I didn’t ring the bell [the leisure centre] because I just assumed they would say, “This has nothing to do with us; we don’t operate the car park’.”

A Bristol City Council spokesman said: “The city’s leisure centers are run by contractors and use of the car parks is at their discretion and decisions are made by those contractors.”

A spokesman for Smart Parking said: “Smart Parking has been incorporated into the management of the car park at Hengrove Park Leisure Center to prevent parking abuse and ensure people using the center can always find a space.

“In the case of this motorist, she parked in a designated disabled space for over 11 minutes without showing that she held a blue badge and was therefore correctly charged.”

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A spokesman for the leisure center said customers would not be allowed to park or wait in disabled bays and that this would be made clear by the signage in the car park.

They added: “All customers of the center can park for up to three hours free of charge in our main car park opposite the center and just have to follow all the signs in the car parks and register their vehicle’s details at the reception to avoid being charged.”

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