Retired widower forced to walk more than a mile after car clamped in pub car park (From Enfield Independent)
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Retired widower forced to walk more than a mile after car clamped in pub car park
A retired serviceman was forced to walk more than a mile home after his car was clamped in a pub car park.
Henry Doulton, 80, left his car at the Black Horse Pub in Hertford Road for five minutes while he picked up medicine from a chemist in Green Street, Enfield, to soothe the pain in his hips, which were both replaced last year.
He says it took him nearly an hour to walk the stretch of road, while he battled the pain caused by his hips and corns on his feet.
The pensioner parked in the spot without knowing his car was at risk of being clamped.
Mr Doulton, who spent two years in Germany in the army during his national service from 1950 to 1952, returned from the chemist to find his silver Renault Cleo had been clamped.
The clamper told the pensioner he would have to pay £205 by the end of the day to prevent his car from being towed away.
Mr Doulton, who says he visits the pub most weeks, had no money to pay the fine.
He did not have a mobile phone or his bus pass and was forced to walk more than a mile to his home in Longfield Avenue to gather the cash to release his car.
Mr Doulton, who lost his wife three years ago, said: “My son was very annoyed with me for not having any money or my bus pass on me, but I was not expecting to get clamped.
“What really got me was the way the attendant spoke to me. I told him I was a pensioner and would have to walk home without my car, but he said it was out of his hands.
“What annoyed me the most is that people were sitting outside the pub and no one told me that someone was going around clamping people.”
The parking fine, which is equal to nearly two weeks pension, has meant he has struggled to pay for food and household bills during the last fortnight.
The widower read the clamping story in the Enfield Independent last week and said if he was forced to pay £1,100 like Ganesh Prakasam he would have been forced to scrap his car.
The fine, which would have come to £605 if his car had been towed away, comes from Citywatch Enforcement, the same company which charged Mr Prakasam at the post office in Hertford Road.
He said the pub did not display the clamping signs clearly, and they can only be seen from the car wash in the car park, which he did not use.
A Black Horse Pub staff member, who did not wish to be named, said: “We have tried every other way to stop people who are not at the pub from using the car park, but it doesn’t work.
“People park by the entrance and it means that our deliveries can’t get through, so they have to turn around and come back another day.
“We have a rule that we don’t clamp pensioners, so I don’t know what happened.
“He should have come into the pub if he was a regular and we would have had the clamps removed from his car.”
Mr Doulton, who has never had a parking ticket during the 60 years he has been driving, says he tried to speak to staff at the pub but they said there was nothing they could do.
The former groundsman at Crews Hill Golf Course says he will not be returning to the pub, which was his former favourite.
At the time of going to press, the Enfield Independent was awaiting a comment from Citywatch Enforcement.