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Council Respond After Reds Squad Parking Fine

Wednesday December 19 2012



BARNSLEY Council have responded after Reds players were issued parking tickets while dropping off presents for sick children.

The Barnsley FC Squad went up to Barnsley Hospital Children's Ward yesterday (Tuesday) to hand out TVs and DVDs to the children.

But when they came out, many of them found parking fines had been put on their cars, prompting Brad Kilburn to tweet a photo of the bright yellow tickets with the comment: "We have all just got parking tickets outside Barnsley Hospital. Cheers Barnsley Council."

Coun Miller, a spokesman for Barnsley Council, said the players had parked in the residents' parking zone that surrounds the hospital where a valid permit needs to be displayed.

He added: "The parking tickets were issued correctly.

“I’m sure that had Barnsley Football Club asked the hospital for assistance with parking, arrangements could have been made, alternatively they could have paid to park.”

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Reply Posted by David on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 16:52
Bah Humbug Cllr Miller and the rest of Barnsley Council Councillors

Reply Posted by Stan on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 16:52
What tight B*****ds are BARNSLEY COUNCIL

Reply Posted by charles on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 16:54
Why shud they be treated differently to anyone else?' Dropping off presents for sick children' is admirable of course but don't tug on our heart strings, one rule for all.

Reply Posted by C on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 16:57
I totally agree with you Charles.

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 16:56
Council has done the right thing. Mess-up really for BFC & hospital not sorting out arrangements in advance.

Reply Posted by Kelly on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 16:57
And yet again Barnsley Council prove they are the most pathetic, useless, petty organisation !! Its one rule for them and another set of rules for everyone else. Funny how none of their own ever get reprimanded for things such as smoking inside council vehicles though ! Barnsley Council, you are an absolute disgrace !!

Reply Posted by spike on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 16:59
they should have parked in the car park like anyone else does...they are on better wages than most of us

Reply Posted by Paul hindmarsh on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:00
Pay the fines but council donate it to hospital ( kids ward ). SORTED

Reply Posted by L on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:07
I totally agree wiith C, Charles and Mick.

Who do they think they are?? They are people who have parked their cars illegally and as such should get tickets the same as you and I would. They are NOT royalty as some people think footie players are. They are men who kick balls around and get paid for it.
Yes, its admirable and very charitable that they donated but if they'd had anything about themselves other than self importance and organised something with the hospital re the visit and maybe collect parking passes then they wouldnt have to fork out from their trillions to pay the fines.Some of us cant afford to park where we fancy and actually read the notices that say the area is permit only. Did any of these from BFC think to take note??

Reply Posted by Barry Smith on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:08
Council is spot on, Well done Barnsley Council and shame on the players. If it had been me they would not have overturn my ticket, so why should we for these overpaid footballers.

Reply Posted by sd uk on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:08
Well said, Paul. Probably the best way forward on this.

Sad state of affairs though, when someone has gone out volunteering and doing something good for sick kids, and this is what they get for it.

It'll make Barnsley Council look like the biggest Christmas scrooges/Grinches ever - and with just cause. The bad publicity will slay them for one thing.

Reply Posted by sd uk on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:12
As an afterthought, perhaps Oakwell can employ a traffic warden to ticket any Barnsley Council vehicles entering their premises? Sauce for the festive goose is sauce for the Xmas gander, and all that.

Reply Posted by jacky on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:13
why did the footballers think they wouldn't get fined , there are plenty of parking areas around the hospital,

Reply Posted by king louis on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:19
"do you not know how important I think I am?" residents pay for their permits to park near their homes. If a resident parked across the drive of a footballer home so that he could not get in his own drive then the footballer would want it moved whatever the reason given....

Reply Posted by me on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:20
spot on barnsley council. there is a pay and desplay carpark that eveyone else has to use, why should these boys be any different? cant go park in players parking area on match day,

Reply Posted by Tommy Taylor on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:25
What about some free parking for relatives of patients who often cant afford it. In a world where Messi has just signed up to earn £250,000 a week why should footballers be treated any different. Lots of volunteers spend hours of their time at the hospital and have to pay to park. These players parked illegally outside the hospital grounds in a residents parking bay. OF COURSE THEY SHOULD PAY UP AND SHUT UP!!!

Reply Posted by john on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:31
should have doubled the fines after loseing to wednesday at the weekend

Reply Posted by Chris F on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:32
Barnsley FC players are not automatically entitled to special treatment, the same as the rest of us, but advance arrangements would have avoided all this fuss. The parking wardens didn't know that the owners of those cars were on a special mission to the hospital, and were merely doing their job, which is to control the parking situation for the benefit of residents as well as hospital visitors. It looks like it wasn't just one car that got a ticket, but several, so at least ONE of the players should have been able to read the signs showing parking restrictions!! The players gambled and lost, so should now hold their hands up in apology & pay the fines without further fuss. Another point - Did the lads all travel separately or did they share cars in order to reduce car numbers, which would also have been a wise thing to do...?

Reply Posted by Wayne on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:40
Well Done Barnsley Council, its about time footballers were brought into the real world. Overpaid and underworked, so they can easily afford it, after all its the hardworking fans who pay their wages. Their recent performances on the pitch are pitifull to say the least , otherwise the club would not be in the bottom three and its the poor manager who faces losing his job for their lacklustre efforts.

Reply Posted by Barry on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:44
In fairness, if they actually won a game they might of been let off

Other than that, they should rightly pay the fine like any other citizen.

Reply Posted by Emma on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 17:50
Maybe I'm being cynical but me thinks the players are only complaining because now their good deed which actually have cost them personally. I can't imagine that the players themselves will have bought the presents they dropped off; the club will have paid for them.
Fair play to the council. I have to agree with the comments above that it would be wonderful if they donated it to the hospital. I somehow doubt it tho.

Reply Posted by g on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 18:05
trouble with this is in future years will players put there hands in there pockets to buy presents for kids, maybe the council should step in if not and pay for them, or are they planning on doing the same thing as the footballers have done. Council should hang there heads in shame, or match what the players have done for these kids who will most likely be spending there Christmas day in hospital.

Reply Posted by Helen on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 18:56
BUT did the players put their hands in their pockets for the pressies or were they delivering on behalf of the Club?
They earn more than the majority in Barnsley - why shouldn't they pay. People with far less income with them have to.

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 18:06
Ha ha meks laff but ppl blame council I kno every1 hates parking wardens but at end of day they parked illegally and ow does wardens kno who's cars who the dint av a valid permit so ha ha ha ha ha ha

Reply Posted by bryn on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 18:14
they might be our heroes on the pitch but they can afford it easier than we can so dont worry...parking tickets and speeding fines should be means tested

Reply Posted by sandra on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 18:39
They should use the hospital carparking and pay like other visitors. They can afford it. They are not special or even a good team at moment as their position in championship shows.

Reply Posted by SH on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 18:48
If I have to pay for parking, so should they. I give £1000's to charity each year but does that mean I can get free parking? No, I didn't think so!

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 19:01
Who do they think they are? We have enough parking problems where I live. Barnsley Council are doing the right thing by trying to tackle all these issues! It's their job, everyone has the pay these fines, so why do these so called footballers think they are any different! Yes I understand their doing a good job giving presents to sick kids, but that still doesn't give them any right to not pay a parking fine!

Reply Posted by Karen on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 19:12
Bet the residents who couldn't park because there was flash cars occupying the space like the wardens. They could pay for parking or park further away and walk like I have to when I attend appointments at the hospital.

Reply Posted by Jonno on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 19:20
Remember Miller when you cast your vote.Put him on the dole the choice is yours.Re the post on how can the Council save money ! Cut the management and little Empire builders that infest our council,very top heavy at the moment.

Reply Posted by Marie on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 19:45
I'm totally with BMBC on this one. Why should the footballers get any special treatment, good deed or not? ...If I was dropping a charity bag off in town, I wouldn't expect to be able to park where I pleased! The fines are totally justified in this case - they didn't have permits, so should have parked elsewhere. The areas around the hospital are very well signed, so there's no excuse.

Reply Posted by charlie on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 19:45
Barnsley players are doing something for sick kids that could be having their last Christmas and you go and put parking tickets on their cars no wonder Barnsley fc is crap if Barnsley council keeps giving them tickets

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 20:10
Are all u ppl for real that's sticking up for em end of day they parked illegally and yeah they wa givin sick kids prezziesand like Charlie says mite some1s last Xmas but the doctors up there are treatin em but the don't park illegally and winge on twitter if they get a ticket

Reply Posted by louise on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 20:26
when my daughter was in 2 weeks ago for 5 days we had to pay for parking why do overpaid footballers think they are any different get over it play fair

Reply Posted by tony heath on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 21:14
thay shoud park n pay like every els

Reply Posted by Cathy on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 21:15
BMBC are right on this one for sure. The ordinary residents who pay for their permits have got to be protected. I've been up to the hospital today with my daughter, we paid to park as normal. I wouldn't dream of parking in the residents permit parking area. All these people saying BMBC are wrong how would they feel if someone was parking in their paid for permit area?

Reply Posted by ess on Wednesday December 19 2012 at 21:44
I think they should have these revoked! #justsaying

Reply Posted by dabbo on Thursday December 20 2012 at 00:52
Police cars persistantly flout the law and park on Westgate behind the library in the on street parking bays on non emergency business for hours on end. This is because they know they will never get a ticket as the machines that the parking enforcement staff use ask the operator if it is an emegency vehicle and won't allow a ticket to be issued if the answer is yes, irrespective of whether it is illegally parked. "Justice" with courage.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday December 20 2012 at 06:55
Just how were Barnsley Council's traffic wardens expected to know that the cars parked illegally belonged to football players in the first place?

Also, Are people seriously saying that the wardens should have turned a blind eye had they known?

Reply Posted by Jules on Thursday December 20 2012 at 07:19
I agree they should have got the fines, what is a couple of quid to football players... they could have parked in the hospital and the hospital let them off the parking charges.

I know what they were doing is a lovely thing, but why should they be treat differently to anyone else who parks illegally. Would you or I be let off if we had been delivering Christmas present to our own sick children in the hospital.....no...we wouldn't.

The hospital are able to provide free parking passes, I know, because I was recently given one while my relatively was in there.

Reply Posted by Charles on Thursday December 20 2012 at 11:45
Arrogant footballers. They deserved to receive parking tickets and there should be no concessions made to them. Over paid prima-donas. Who do they think they are?

Reply Posted by :) on Thursday December 20 2012 at 18:09
Some of the comments on here are quite pathetic... It isn't arrogance at all. They did not deserve tickets when there was no spaces avaliable for them to park in. Most of these 'overpaid' footballers are young lads who are on low wages not even in the first team. Know the facts before you make judgement - your the ignorant ones!

Reply Posted by L on Thursday December 20 2012 at 21:51
RE the comments made by :) " Some of the comments on here are quite pathetic... It isn't arrogance at all. They did not deserve tickets when there was no spaces avaliable for them to park in. Most of these 'overpaid' footballers are young lads who are on low wages not even in the first team. Know the facts before you make judgement - your the ignorant ones! "

I think YOU are the one making judgement on other peoples comments. Everyone has a right to say what they think. And as for them being young lads, they can still read and park in the appropriate places without resorting to expecting 'special' treatment or taking residents only places, but they didnt hence they got tickets. End of.

Reply Posted by rob on Saturday December 22 2012 at 18:39
Maybe they should have rung the press before they went like the councilors or maybe they did it for the right reasons and not the publicity

Reply Posted by RosieRapture on Saturday December 22 2012 at 20:17
Just because they were volunteering does not exclude them from the same rules as us. If they hadn't of been volunteering, this probably wouldn't even had been up for discussion.

Reply Posted by John on Saturday December 22 2012 at 22:40
Whereas I agree in principle to anyone breaking parking laws being ticketed, I also think that in this instance it is overly harsh given the circumstances. There were no spaces in the main, front carpark, and from the comments passed to me today by people who were in the hospital they found spaces so they could easily carry the presents over in the quickest way possible including t.v's. Would love to hear the publics negativity next year if they didn't go. Yes they get paid a decent amount of money but they do also give a lot back to the community that you don't always see in the papers. Like I say if they were visiting people as family and friends issue the fines and stand by that choice, but as the nature of the visit was for the kids (regardless as to who bought the gifts) show some common sense and either revoke the tickets or donate the same amount to the hospital as suggested above.