New Forest District Council cancels parking fines given to vaccination volunteers at Milford hospital
PARKING fines slapped on the vehicles of volunteers helping out at a Milford vaccination centre have been cancelled by New Forest District Council.
The group lending a hand at Milford hospital had parked in Sea Road and were hit with the tickets despite using permits agreed by NFDC and distributed by the clinic.
One volunteer, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the issuing of the fines was "petty and unreasonable" and there had been no attempt by the warden to clarify the issue with the vaccination centre.
He said: "I called parking enforcement straight away and was told there was no record of any arrangement and that the council officer named on the permit had left earlier in the year.
"They also said that people had been putting bogus handwritten permits on windscreens so they needed to put a stop to it."
However, soon after, the volunteers affected were told that all the charges have been cancelled and their car registration numbers would logged to avoid future fines.
A spokesperson for New Forest District Council confirmed that as part of the nationwide vaccination programme, free parking passes were previously issued to volunteers helping at centres but these had expired.
"These passes were offered on a special one-off basis and have now expired," she said. "A small number of volunteers using these expired passes were issued parking tickets at our Sea Road Car Park in Milford.
She added: "After being in touch with the NHS, we have cancelled these parking tickets, and have set up a system to allow current and future volunteers to be able to park for free in this car park whilst assisting with the vaccination programme."
The Milford clinic is run by the New Forest Primary Care Network, which is a jointly run group of GP practices.