A man who says his vehicle was in a Lincoln car park for just 25 minutes has been told to pay a £100 fine by the parking company who said he was there for five hours. Ian Ellis, 51, was in Lincoln shopping and visiting family on Monday June 6.
He says he first entered the Tritton Road Retail Park car park at 9.18am to pick up a click and collect order from Halfords. Ian says he and his partner left the vehicle in the parking lot for just five minutes on that occasion.
The couple then left to visit family in Branston before grabbing something to eat at the Nosy Parker pub. They then returned to Tritton Road Retail Park at 2.30pm to visit Home Bargains, Ian saying they were there on that occasion for just 20 minutes.
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But around two weeks after their visit, Ian, who lives in Chesterfield, received a letter saying his vehicle had been in the car park for five hours and he was to pay a £100 fine, reduced to £60 if he was paid within 14 hours. days. Ian said: “The letter was posted on June 11 and I received it the morning of June 16.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it and I won’t pay it. The letter said I could appeal against the fine but there’s nothing to appeal against, I just won’t pay .”
The car park at Tritton Road Retail Park is operated by UK Parking Control (UKPC), which did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication. Lincolnshire Live last year reported several irate drivers saying they had received parking fines on the commercial park despite claiming they had not broken parking rules.
The Tritton Road Retail Park is home to businesses such as Pets At Home, Starbucks and Oak Furnitureland, none of which are responsible for the parking lot itself. UKPC states on signs in the business park that drivers are not permitted to leave the site and can park for a maximum of three hours.
Ian said: “There’s actually CCTV footage of me in the Nosy Parker car park when UKPC claim I was in Tritton Road so the evidence is there but the ball is in their court now. I’m not going not appeal and I just told them that if they want to go further, they can go to court.
“Going down to the pub and signing forms to get the CCTV footage to win my appeal is going to take my time and my money so if they want me to do that I will charge them a £250 administration fee. C It’s not just me that’s happening and it seems to be impacting the amount of business the stores there actually get.”