Grandad slapped with £1,500 of fines outside his own home after council blunder

A shocked great-grandad says he is 'struggling to sleep' after being fined more than £1,500 for parking outside his own home.

Peter Lee was issued with 12 parking tickets after a blunder by Kensington and Chelsea Council meant his permit wasn't registered correctly.

The retired fashion designer's Mercedes was covered in yellow parking fines totalling £1,560, and was even warned by a traffic warden that his car could be towed away if he didn't pay up.

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The 77-year-old said he'd had two weeks of sleepless nights worrying about his car being towed away, while the issue was being resolved.

"I'm about to be a great-granddad for the second time and I would like to be able to speed down to Rochester and support my granddaughter," he said.

"I could have been unable to do that.," Peter added.

"There should not have been an issue in the first place."

The Notting Hill resident tried to pay his £250 parking permit for the new year but because of a delay in updating the council's system, parking officers didn't know Peter had paid his dues.

The council has now sorted the problem and Peter will not be charged.

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A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesperson said: “We’re sorry for any distress this caused to the resident.

"The permit is valid and all the tickets have been cancelled.

“Payment wasn’t made for a renewed residents’ parking permit renewal before the previous one expired. There was a delay in processing the permit after payment which meant penalty charge notices were issued whilst the permit was not showing as valid.”

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