A DAD handed a parking ticket after overstaying in a space near Sheffield Children’s Hospital while his daughter underwent an emergency operation has had the fine cancelled after The Star intervened.
Jonathan Fish, of Woodseats, was with his wife Kirsty inside the hospital as their six-week-old daughter Matilda was rushed into surgery after developing an intussusception - a bowel blockage which prevents food being digested.
Mr Fish, a marketing manager, had left his white BMW on Damer Street, but was slapped with the £25 fixed penalty notice after his pay and display ticket expired.
The 32-year-old said: “I wrote to the council and explained the situation to them.
“I asked, in light of these circumstances, would they be prepared to waive the fine.
“I also explained I was parked in the area regularly that week while my daughter was in hospital and that at no other time had I failed to display a valid parking ticket.
“I retained all the tickets I purchased and told them I would be happy to prove this.”
However, the council said, although Mr Fish’s points had been ‘carefully considered’, it would not cancel the fine and told him to either pay up or make a formal challenge.
Mr Fish said: “It seems if a parent decides to attend an unscheduled, emergency medical procedure on their baby daughter, this is not a suitable reason for not purchasing a new parking ticket for their car and they should be fined.”
When contacted by The Star on Mr Fish’s behalf, a council spokeswoman said a challenge against the penalty could be considered because of ‘extenuating circumstances’, but Mr Fish would have to make a formal appeal.
However, two days later, Mr Fish received a letter from Kevan Butt, the council’s director of parking services, cancelling the ticket.
Mr Fish said: “Without the intervention from the Star, I’d have paid the fine and been £25 out of pocket. Thanks to the paper, the council wrote to me and cancelled my ticket.
“It’s great to have a paper that looks out for the interests of the people of Sheffield.”