Mum fuming over £100 fine

Eileen McCallum with her fine notice
Eileen McCallum with her fine notice

A FUMING resident has hit out after she was slapped with a parking ticket and fine as controversial new restrictions are put in place.

Eileen McCallum, 59, was handed a £100 fine for parking in the Anchor Retail Park, in Hartlepool, and going into Asda.

The angry mum-of-two says she has parked at Anchor Retail Park before popping over to Asda since the site was built and was gobsmacked to find she had been punished by parking firm UKCPS.

Parking bosses say Asda is not part of the Anchor site and anyone wanting to use the supermarket should park in its car park.

They have agreed to cancel the fines of four residents who have been spotted walking over to Asda after parking in the retail park and say signs will be installed later this week.

But Eileen says she has not received any notification that her fine has been cancelled.

Eileen, a sales advisor at Marks and Spencer, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, is warning residents to be careful and says parking attendants are on the lookout.

The mum of Simon, 36, and Ian, 30, who lives in West View Road, in the town with husband Edward, 60, a painting inspector, said: “I want to highlight what is going on here because it will catch a lot of people out.

“I parked in the retail site and popped over to Asda through the George entrance at the back to take a top back.

“It wasn’t until I got home when Edward pointed out I had a parking ticket.

“There is no way I will pay for that ticket, I would rather go to prison than pay the fine.”

Jim Whitehead, operations manager at UKCPS, said: “Signs will be installed on the site in the next few days.

“Until the signs go up we have agreed to cancel the four tickets of people who have parked on the site and gone into Asda.

“If people park in the site and go elsewhere, the tickets will not be cancelled.

“The zebra crossing is purely a health and safety measure, it is not there to join the sites, they are two completely different sites and are separately owned.”

The leader of the town’s Conservative group, Councillor Ray Wells, said: “I absolutely condemn this in the strongest possible terms.

“I believe that it will do the shops on Anchor Retail Park no end of harm as people legitimately park there to shop in these stores and then continue to Asda to complete their shop.

“I can understand putting parking restrictions in place on a day when Hartlepool United are playing at home, but not seven-days-a-week.”W