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Pensioner given £70 parking ticket for stopping on her own drive.

A council has refused to back down after a pensioner was given a parking ticket, for stopping on her own driveway.

Grandmother-of-two Christine Whaling, 64, left her Daewoo Lanos on her drive after nipping home for ten minutes.

But when she returned to the vehicle she was shocked to find a warden had slapped a £70 parking ticket on the windscreen.

The parking warden explained that because she was not entirely on her driveway and had parked partly on the tarmac that crosses the grass verge, she was liable for the penalty.

Mrs Whaling, who has lived in the house with her husband Tom, 67, for more than 40 years, said she had tried unsuccessfully to appeal against the ticket.

She said: 'It is completely unjust, we are pensioners and we are not well off, we can't afford extra expenses.

'We often have friends and family visiting and I just don't know where they are going to park now.

'I just couldn't believe it when I came outside, I had literally just popped in for a few minutes and a warden had fined me.

'I have to pull up on to my drive everyday and it was not blocking anybody, nobody else needs to use my driveway, I just think the rules are stupid.'

She added: 'I have tried to appeal but it seems the ticket is going to stand.'

Families along the stretch of road in Leicester paid the council to build the driveways nearly 30 years ago.

Since then, double yellow lines have been painted on part of the road, meaning restrictions apply to the carriage way, pavement and drive.

Never mind the Bulgarian lorry drivers with no tax or insurance, the pikeys who ignore the rules of the road including taxing their vehicles. Pick the easy target, the normal law abiding citizen.

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