I I reported that Cat Flap Charlie was unwell on these pages, 4th January.
He has now recovered and is back to his frolicking normal ways, but a parking ticket came about due to his trip to the vet.
Yes we were struck by the White Van Spy Cam Man or woman, and we say unfairly so.
This is what happened.
Car was collected from remote parking place two streets away by Mrs Monk. Meanwhile Mr Monk consoled and preparing Cat Flap Charlie for the journey and the ordeal of the veterinary surgeon.
Charlie in box was delivered to kerbside where Mrs Monk was waiting in driving position. Mrs Monk made her way around to passenger seat so that Cat Flap Charlie may be spared Mrs Monk's kangaroo driving style. Mr Monk then noted a passing vulture; White Spy Cam Van ... Woman. He was reassured by a woman spy, who may have been actually smiling. He took this to be a good sign, but it might have been a disguised gotcha smirk.
In due course Charlie had thermometer placed where the sun don't shine. A course of antibiotics was prescribed to revive him out of an un-Charlie like fever that had knocked the stuffing out of him.
We were told that he had a heart murmur and then we were presented with his bill, once again just below his insurance excess. Two minute consultation with vet £45. Two minutes “parking” outside our home, £75. Take your pick, who would be the most opportunistic?
Mr Monk drove home and we parked in the same place doing the reverse of the outward journey. Mrs Monk then took charge of the car and was excessively mindful and indeed stressed by the threat of White Van Spy Cam Woman.
Mrs Monk called Mr Monk from the car and confirmed that White Van Spy Cam Woman has been replaced by White Van Spy Cam Man who she thought might have taken a picture of her in the driving seat of the car, and which appeared on the parking ticket that fell on the door mat today.
Can that be fair? I think not, so I wrote to Southend online to find out if anyone is prepared to excuse this pernicious spy cam invention, devised by the Council.
As a point of order I should note that the ticket only provides one photograph of our car supposedly "parked" even though Mrs Monk is in the driving seat, and that Southend are only willing to assert that the car was in this place for two minutes.
Here is my written ARGUMENT against the issue of the ticket.