Council apologises after ticketing funeral-goers

Parking at the back of The Cock Inn, in Church Road, Lavenham Picture Mark Westley

Parking at the back of The Cock Inn, in Church Road, Lavenham Picture Mark Westley

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A council has apologised to mourners after fixed penalty notices were stuck to cars of people attending a funeral in Lavenham on Monday.

More than 500 people attended the service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, many parking in the nearby car park at the back of The Cock Inn.

But when they returned eight vehicles had tickets stuck to their windscreens as they were parked outside the yellow parking bays.

The group took to Twitter, letting Babergh District Council know what had happened.

Council officials quickly apologised, offering to immediately rescind the tickets.

One mourner who received a ticket said: “We left our car at 11.20am, the funeral was at 11.30am and these tickets were slapped on at 11.26am.

“It was obvious where we were all going - we were dressed in black on a sunny day.

“It was a poor use of discretion,” she added.

Chris Fry, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s Head of Service – Environment, said: “Unfortunately a number of funeral mourners found parking tickets issued after their cars were left outside of marked bays and on hatched lines, reserved for turning vehicles, in the car park at the back of The Cock Inn.

“We had not been made aware, either in advance or on the day, that a funeral of this scale was taking place and this may be the reason for the way in which these vehicles were parked.

“Our warden acted correctly and parking fines were issued.

“As soon as we were made aware of the circumstances of the situation – just over an hour after the tickets being issued - we acted compassionately, and quickly, and made plans to cancel all of them.”