Father speaks out over ticket

Darren Singleton and son Oliver, unhappy over a parking ticket they received in Skegness. EMN-140924-121115001
Darren Singleton and son Oliver, unhappy over a parking ticket they received in Skegness. EMN-140924-121115001
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A long-standing visitor to Skegness says he has been put off any future trips after receiving a parking ticket while taking his son to the toilet.

Darren Singleton, 33, had parked near the seafront in the hope of winning a Spider-man toy for his two-year-old son, Oliver, from a claw vending machine game.

The pair had been visiting family holidaying in the area and this was a last-ditch attempt to win the prize, before heading home to Derbyshire.

Darren, sadly, failed to win the toy and as he set off to return to his vehicle, Oliver told him he needed the toilet.

With Oliver only being a few weeks into potty training, Darren immediately searched out somewhere for him to spend a penny; however, it saw him get a £50 parking ticket (reduced to £25 if paid early) after he arrived back at the car 20 minutes too late.

Darren appealed to Lincolnshire County Council over the ticket, given on August 10, but has been told it will stand.

He said: “It seems a bit cold. By the letter of the law, I was late, I just thought they might show a bit of compassion given the situation.”

Darren, a business development manager, says he has visited Skegness at least three times a year for ‘as long as I remember’, but does not feel like returning to the town again.

He said: “I can never say never, but that’s how much it annoyed me.”

Mick Phoenix, parking services manager at the council, said: “If anyone thinks they have been issued a ticket incorrectly there is a simple and fair appeals process in place. Details of this process are printed on the back of every ticket.”

He added if the initial challenge is unsuccessful, a further appeal can be submitted to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, an independent adjudication service.