THIS is the moment a Scrooge traffic warden slapped £140 of parking tickets on ambulances carrying disabled children – after they had sung in a CHARITY carol concert. The youngsters – many in wheelchairs – were being lifted into two specially-adapted minibuses when the jobsworth enforcement officer wrote out two £70 penalty notices before swaggering away. Disgusted Christmas shoppers captured the scene in Lister Gate in Nottingham city centre.
Twelve children from Oak Field School and Sports College, Bilborough, Notts had returned from taking part in a lunchtime carol concert which raised £369.55 for a local homeless charity when they were hit with the fines.
Two minibuses parked in a loading bay to let the children on board when the official, wearing a high-vis jacket, stuck a ticket on the windscreens.
Despite the children s’ carers and passers-by begging the warden to show leniency, he refused to back down, telling them: “I’m just doing my job.”
Horrified resident Shelley Mawby, who witnessed the incident, said onlookers had tried to reason with the official but he wouldn’t listen.
She said: “A group of people gathered and were as shocked as me. When confronted, the warden said ‘I’m just doing my job’. It was unbelievable.”
Office worker Wayne Rogers, who took photos of the ticketing, said: “I was so disgusted with the action of this person. I was not the only one and several other passers-by took pictures.”
Yesterday headteacher David Stewart slammed the warden for his lack of judgement and insensitivity towards the children.
He said: “It’s the irony of it. The youngsters had all gone carol singing to raise money for Emmanuel House, which the city council has cut funding from, and then they ended up with a £140 fine.
“These children are also wheelchair users so trying to get them anywhere in the city is difficult; so it does take time.
“An able-bodied person could be in and out of a bus in a second but we have to lift the wheelchair in and then make sure it’s clamped.
“This is what was happening when the ticket was issued. People passing by just couldn’t believe it was happening.”
A council spokesman said: “Our civil enforcement officers are expected to, and usually do, exercise discretion and judgement when dealing with situations where there may be a technical breach of regulations but where wider circumstances or sensitivities should be taken into account.”
The Sun By ANDREW PARKER