Parking victory welcomed by angry motorist
A FAMILY are celebrating after a £50 parking ticket was cancelled because of a council blunder.
Amy Rimes, aged 31, of Churchill Avenue, Cheddleton, was handed the ticket after parking in Warner Street car park, in Hanley, on Monday night.
She had gone to see the opening night of Grease at the Regent theatre with husband Tim and five-year-old daughter Lilly, unaware that the site was actually closed for regeneration work.
The mental health nurse said: "I am very pleased that the ticket will no longer stand.
"It seemed the council was making money out of people who just wanted to go and enjoy the theatre."
Now the family are looking forward to seeing Grease again with the worry over the fine removed.
Amy added: "We were really disappointed when we saw the ticket because I was hoping to take Lilly for another showing.
"She loved the production and I was worried we wouldn't be able to afford it after the £50 fine."
The council agreed there was confusion over the timing of the closure over the Bank Holiday weekend and has now fenced off the area for public use.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, city council cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: "We are pleased to agree the cancellation of these fines."