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Uncaring’ clampers hit meals on wheels

PUBLISHED: 18:29 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

A MEALS on wheels van was clamped in the car park of an old people s home they have been making deliveries to for nine months.

A MEALS on wheels van was clamped in the car park of an old people's home they have been making deliveries to for nine months.

Driver Tracy Kirk and her colleague Lynn Robinson-Syres, 46, of Sussex Farmhouse Meals parked their vehicle in the car park of Glen Court in Station Road, Sidcup, last month to deliver frozen meals to a resident.

But after just 15 minutes with their elderly customer, their van was clamped and they were forced to pay £125 to get it removed.

But Mrs Robinson-Syres, who owns the business with her husband Andrew, claim they have been using the car park for nine months without any problems.

Mr Robinson-Syres, 53, of Bowmans Road, Dartford, said that if his wife had not had her credit card their customers would have gone hungry.

He said: "It is very clear what we are doing.

"They could have caused people who are ill or elderly not to eat.

"They are really not interested in anything else other than earning money but they are hardly earning it. It is legal theft.

"All they are interested in is collecting fees and nobody or anything else.

"I don't know how these people can sleep at night."

Mrs Robinson-Syres said that despite requesting more permits for companies making deliveries to the premesis, the clamping firm ZCS in Erith have not provided any.

Mrs Robinson-Syres added: "They could have gone inside the building and asked. Without the van, we would have had nowhere to put the food.

"They just hide around the corner and wait for people.

"I spoke to them and they said there is nothing they can do. He didn't care. And then there was a guy in the background smiling."

A spokesperson for ZCS said there is a procedure to follow and they were doing what Glen Court asked them.

He said: "If they haven't got a permit, then they should have signed into a book which they didn't do. We are just implementing the rules which Glen Court have set out."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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