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Queen’s parking fiasco claims another victim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

19/03/14 Hospital parking....again
Liz Reeves given £70 fine for being in patient drop-off space at Queen's Hospital and says she was only there 20 minutes.

19/03/14 Hospital parking....again Liz Reeves given £70 fine for being in patient drop-off space at Queen's Hospital and says she was only there 20 minutes.

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THE much-maligned parking system at Queen’s Hospital has come under fire yet again - this time from a visitor snared for overstaying the grace period.

Liz Reeves said she parked and then left the space within the allotted 20-minute slot when she visited her elderly mother on March 11.

But the 61-year-old, of Jack’s Lane, Marchington was left fuming when she was slapped with a £70 fine from Parking Eye which claimed she stayed 35 minutes.

A spokesman from the hospital told the Mail the grace period starts when a vehicle enters the Belvedere Road site, not from when the visitor parks in a space.

Mrs Reeves, a practice manager for a physiotherapy firm, has vowed to challenge the decision.

She said: “I think it’s disgusting if that is how it works. It’s extortion.

“When you come on site you are watching out for pedestrians because it’s a busy site.

“I’m not denying being there that long but it was not clearly marked to say you’re only allowed on site for 20 minutes.”

Mrs Reeves visited Queen’s Hospital to meet her 81-year-old mother, Barbara Caswell, who needed work carried out on her pacemaker.

She added: “A lot of people will have sick relatives so it’s disgusting to have this sort of thing in a hospital.”

A spokesman from the hospital said Mrs Reeves should appeal her fine with Parking Eye.

The spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear that Mrs Reeves was upset by her experience.

“The trust offers a 20 minute grace period for visitors.

“However, after this time period parking is not free and so visitors will need to pay for a ticket.”

Countless visitors, including a grieving widow, have been fined since the controversial parking system was introduced last year.

Despite wholescale being made, Burton’s MP has since waded into the debate, demanding the system be scrapped.

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