90-year-old Chigwell war vet has parking ticket overturned

Reg Wilson

Reg Wilson - Credit: Archant

A daughter who campaigned to get her 90-year-old father’s parking ticket revoked said she was “pleased and grateful” for all the support she received.

Janet Hughes repeatedly challenged a parking ticket given to her father Reg Wilson of Lechmere Avenue, Chigwell and wrote to MPs to get it overturned.

Mr Wilson, a former RAF navigator, was with his partially blind wife when he realised that he had not displayed his disabled badge.

He quickly returned to his car parked in Hobart Road, Barkingside to show it to the warden and put it on display but was told it was too late.

Mrs Hughes said: “In the end the council responded to the pressure. It was never about the money it was about the principle. To him it was a big thing and he was very disturbed by it as he’s an old man.”

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Mr Wilson originally wrote to Redbridge Council to explain the mistake but was told he still had to pay the fine.

Mrs Hughes said: “I’m pleased and grateful for all the people who helped.”

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