Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

14/08/08 MP Rosie blasts BT after resident is fined for parking

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has blasted BT for failing to sort out parking chaos which left one resident with a £70 fine.

Rosie Cooper MP with resident Anita Cavanagh outside the BT exchange on Wolverton, Pennylands

Rosie was contacted by Anita Cavanagh, of Wolverton, Pennylands, Old Skelmersdale, after she was forced to park on double yellow lines as the bay beside her home had been taken by a BT vehicle.

Anita has now been landed with a £70 fine.

Rosie said: “It is a complete disgrace. I have been told by BT they feel they have ‘no right’ to suggest where their employees park - but what about the rights of local residents? All they want is to be able to park their cars on their own estate.

“I have written to ParkWise on Anita’s behalf to challenge the fine but they say they won’t quash it, so now she will have to go to appeal.

“All this has come about because BT has time and time again failed to get a grip of this situation. They have treated people in Wolverton disgracefully, and it is time they got their act together.

“I will now be pressing both West Lancashire District Council and Lancashire County Council because the residents were promised a residents-only parking scheme 12 months ago and it still hasn’t materialised.”

Anita said: “I cannot believe I have been fined £70 for wanting to park on my own estate.

“We have had to put up with the parking problems because of BT for years and the residents are sick of it.

“Rosie has been great and is really fighting our corner. I completely agree with her – it’s time BT started thinking about the residents because we have to live here.”

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