Sheffield charity runners hit with parking tickets

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SHEFFIELD Council traffic wardens have come under fire after issuing parking tickets to people taking part in a cancer charity run.

Scores of people who took part in Weston Park’s Run in the Park at Graves Park on Sunday returned to their cars to find £70 penalty notices.

Emma Gibson’s husband Keel was among those who got a ticket. She said: “He raised over £100 for charity - now we have to pay a £70 for fine.”

Trevor Taylor, from Tickhill, Doncaster, was also fined. He said: “I attended along with 2,000 other people to support one of the most deserving charities in Sheffield. Traffic management in the area was non-existent – leading to people parking anywhere they could find a space.

“Almost every vehicle had been issued with a parking ticket when runners got back, to everyone’s disgust.

“Sheffield Council should have got behind the event, not sought to penalise people who had come together to raise money. The sour feeling is that Sheffield Council embraced ‘easy pickings’ and used the event as a chance to raise money for itself.”

Weston Park fundraiser Helen Gentle said: “The police and council were informed of the event and we had told all participants parking was limited, so we asked people to car share if possible.

“We don’t want people to be put off – it is our biggest fundraising event of the year.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “Enforcement officers issued around 12 tickets on streets around Graves Park after we were contacted by residents. We received complaints that cars were causing a safety hazard. Anyone who thinks they have a legitimate case can appeal through our usual appeals procedure.”

n For pictures from the race, see The Star on Monday.