Traffic wardens criticised as charity runners receive parking fines whilst taking part in Race for Life

Charity runners recieve fines

Traffic wardens have been criticised after fining runners who were taking part in a charity run for Cancer Research last weekend. The charity run at Heaton Park in Manchester saw hundreds of runners lace up their trainers to raise money for a good cause, yet an unlucky few were hit with £70 fines.

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Despite the council working closely with the event organisers to ensure the ‘maximum possible number of parking spaces’ were on offers, many runners found they couldn’t get into an allocated bay. Despite buying a ticket, drivers who left their cars on grass verges and pavements returned to find a fine on their car.

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Some of the runners fined are calling for the £70 to go to cancer research, not to the council. The council’s executive member for schools, culture and leisure told ITV news, “Pay and display parking has been introduced at Heaton Park to improve traffic management and protect the park environment.

“Visitors purchasing a parking space must park in one of the indicated bays, not on grass verges, pavements, or on any area which is marked with double yellow lines.

“We worked closely with the organisers of Race for Life to ensure that the maximum possible number of parking spaces were on offer within the park on the day.”

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