As we reported from inews.co.uk ” A homeless sanctuary organiser is considering taking action against his local council after they slapped a parking ticket on a bus shelter used to house the needy during the winter break.
Gerry Watkins, the organiser of the Big Yellow Bus Project in Cirencester, converted an out-of-action double decker buses into temporary accommodation for those in need. But just days after the shelter opened up to welcome seven people without on-board, officials wrote a ticket fining Mr Watkins’ vehicle £70.
Mr Watkins, who said the bus has been taxed, had its MOT and is insured, has received permission to stay in allowed to stay in the 24/7 parking bay. After finding out about the fine on New Year’s Eve, he shared the news on Facebook.
“Very cold weather on its way and The Big Yellow Bus Project a Bus Shelter for the Homeless gets a parking ticket from the local Authorities in Cirencester, the Heart Of The Cotswolds,” Mr Watkins wrote on the website.
“Find it very very sad and sick to be honest. Not much heart shown from the authorities. It’s very hard, trying to do this project and so glad I have fantastic volunteers who care and help make the project function but to get a parking ticket to help the authorities top up. “I just cannot believe I now have to spend valuable time fighting this when I could be spending time helping those that need help, so I’d just like to say thank you to Cirencester powers to be.
“I now have to do more fundraising to fund a court battle where the money could have gone to help homeless people. You the authorities might like wasting funds, but I don’t. Very, very sick and sad money-making world we live in. Happy New Year Cirencester Authorities,” he added.
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