Blue Badge cost elderly man parking ticket

Jack Mattinson, unhappy after getting a parking ticket, whilst visiting Morecambe Library to renew his blue badge.
Jack Mattinson, unhappy after getting a parking ticket, whilst visiting Morecambe Library to renew his blue badge.
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WHEN Lancaster pensioner Jack Mattinson needed to renew his disabled Blue Badge he followed advice to visit Morecambe library.

However, the 79-year-old hadn’t banked on receiving a parking ticket while he was there.

He is now fighting to claim back the £25 cost of the ticket – which would rise to £50 if he doesn’t pay within 14 days.

Mr Mattinson, who walks with the aid of sticks, was told he needed to travel to either Morecambe or Preston library to have his Blue Badge renewed.

He was advised to park in the car park next to Morecambe library.

“My badge runs out on Sunday, so I needed to get it renewed,” said Mr Mattinson, who lives in Bowerham with his wife Mary. I was told I could only do that in Morecambe or Preston library.

“I took my Blue Badge into the library with me because I was told they would need to see it to renew it, but when I got there I was told I had to renew it myself on a computer, so I didn’t need it.

“We were in the library for a while because we had to queue and then use the computer.

“When we got outside we saw the parking ticket on the car.

“I don’t blame the ticket inspector, I suppose he was only doing his job, but I want to warn people not to take their Blue Badge with them because you don’t need it and the same thing could happen to someone else.”

Mr Mattinson was advised by the library to take the matter up with Lancaster City Council.

Library staff offered confirmation that he was in the library with his Blue Badge.

A city council spokesman said: “The gentleman has the right to submit an appeal against the parking ticket by contacting Lancashire Parking Services and advising them of any mitigating circumstances.”