Burnley gran left with £21 after Christmas parking fine

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A Burnley grandma has told how she has been left with just £21 the week before Christmas after she was given a parking ticket in the town centre.

The 74-year-old, who does not want to be named, received a letter asking that she pay a £100 fine, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days, after she overstayed the two-hour limit on the TK Maxx car park in Church Street.

The woman had been in the store for almost three hours without noticing the signs warning motorists of the two-hour limit. She paid the £60 straightaway but the fine has taken nearly all of her £81 state pension for the week, leaving her with just £21 with a week to go until Christmas.

The letter was sent by UK Parking Control Ltd.

The woman urged other drivers to keep an eye on the clock when using the car park to avoid a fine.

She said: “It’s partly my own fault but I genuinely didn’t see the signs.

“When I got the letter I was absolutely distraught. I want to warn other people so they don’t end up with a fine.

“I’m 74 but I’m not senile so I wrote them a strongly-worded letter. I think what they’ve done is wicked.

“I think it’s disgusting when people are struggling, especially in the run-up to Christmas.”

A TK Maxx spokeswoman said: “We are very sorry to hear that our customers are receiving parking penalties while shopping within our store. Unfortunately we do not have responsibility for this car park but we are lobbying the landlords against the restrictions as we are very concerned about this. We would recommend that customers appeal the ticket with the parking company.”