A grandfather slapped with a £25 penalty charge notice by Sheffield Council has been told the authority will consider an appeal against his fine.
John Huntley had travelled from Gainsborough to see his family, who live in Woodseats, and they had gone to Millhouses Park.
Mr Huntley, aged 62, did not realise the car park was pay-and-display because a sign at the entrance still appeared to say ‘free’ although the letters had been removed.
Son Elliot said: “My dad’s treatment was not a good advert for the city.”
Coun Isobel Bowler, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “We are investigating the circumstances reported and will make sure all signage is clear.
“I have asked parking services to look into this particular case.”
But the council said it was within its rights to fine district nurse Dawn Thompson for parking without paying on Cambridge Street in the city centre while on call. The council said her carer’s badge is not valid in the city centre, as she should have known.