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Grandmother Joanna Pittordis fined for parking outside home on Ferry Lane Estate, Tottenham
A grandmother who was fined for parking outside her own home claims she has been treated “unfairly” by her housing association.
Joanna Pittordis, of the Ferry Lane Estate, Tottenham, was slapped with the £60 fine after she left her green Mazda in the parking bay outside her home on July 3.
Just days earlier, Homes for Haringey, which owns the site, introduced a new scheme requiring residents to display permits or valid disabled badges when parking in the bays.
But the 70-year-old claims an officer told her she would not need to display her badge, which she was given after suffering a heart attack three years ago.
She said: “I was angry when I saw the ticket. It is causing me a lot of stress and I feel very upset about this situation.
“They gave me the totally wrong information – I would have displayed it if I was told to but I’m scared about it getting stolen from my dashboard. This isn’t a very nice area.
“I don’t understand what went wrong, it was clearly an error in communication and it’s not right for me to have to pay for this.”
Mother-of-three Mrs Pittordes also suffers from a painful spinal condition which means she struggles to walk, and rarely uses her car or leaves the house.
Signs were put up around the estate informing residents about the new parking scheme, but she claimed this is “some distance” from her house.
After finding the parking ticket, she phoned Homes for Haringey and her daughter, Maria Pittordes, is currently trying to appeal the ticket.
She asid: “There is a sign making it clear blue badges need to be displayed, but this cannot be seen from any distance and is insufficient.
“It is far away from where my mum lives and took me – an able bodied person – some time to find it. My mother would have never been able to walk past it.
“There are not enough explanatory signs on the estate. It is a very bad situation and I’m looking to get it resolved as soon as possible.”
A statement from Homes for Haringey said: “We are currently investigating Mrs Pittordis’ situation and are sorry to hear of any distress she may have been caused.
“If Mrs Pittordis has been given incorrect advice then we will work with her to resolve the issue.”
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