London BWM owner fined £650 after disabled bay painted around car trends now
A furious motorist has accused a council of painting a disabled bay around his car - before then fining him £650 for parking in it.
Paul Cooper, from Merton in south-west London, left his BMW in a residents' bay near his home on September 18.
But when he returned on October 6, the 42-year-old was shocked to discover his motor was now in a disabled bay, which had been extended in his absence - and that he'd been stung by five £130 penalty charge notices for leaving it there without a blue badge.
Merton Council insisted it had warned residents about the bay extension and said it 'cannot be responsible' for Mr Cooper not 'reading signs notifying residents of work'.
But a furious Mr Cooper is now at loggerheads with Merton Parking Services, accusing them of damaging the back of his vehicle while extending the disabled bay, something the council denies.
Paul Cooper, from Merton in south-west London, left his BMW in a residents' bay near his home on September 18. But when he returned weeks later, he discovered it had been painted into a disabled parking bay - and he had been fined £650
Mr Cooper claims he parked in a residents' bay correctly on September 18 but and that the work to extend the disabled bay took place in his absence