Took a break from revision this afternoon, decided to go to the river with a friend.
So this is how things are laid out:
there is a supermarket, waitrose, 2 hour free parking, beyond the parking walls, between the park and waitrose, there is another carpark. On the right of that carpark, there is the council, and another car park.
What happened : i went down to the river, and i parked the closest to the park. There is a notice telling me i had to pay on the right, at the corner of the council building, but sort of facing the carpark i was in, there were also a few other reminders, but those were located at the entrance of the small carpark (only about..20-30 spaces?)
My explanation : i did not actually notice i had to pay to park, if i had known, i would ovbiously have gone to the waitrose carpark, it wasn't like i was trying to cheat the system. I also didn't have any change on me. I didn't intend to stay longer than 30 minutes, iended up staying just less than an hour.
come back, £80 fine! i couldn't believe it! reduced to £50 if i paid within 10 days. :-(
I went to the council, as its just a few meters away to talk to them, they said i had to write an appeal letter, so i asked if i could talk to someone anyway. I explaining my story, that person also said, you will have to write a letter.
I find it really annoying that i got issued such a high fine. I genuinly believed the parking was free, as there was the waitrose car park 20 meters away. The big sign saying Vale district council, i could have easily confused that (at the back of my mind) for simply a sign telling you where you were.
The other carpark for the council has a million notices and makes it obvious its charging, but not this car park.
Anyway, sorry for giving so many details, can anyone help me reduce the fine as much as i can given all the details i have posted?
£50 is not something i just have... i hope i can reduce this fine :-( its so unfair, parking is the thing i actually respect the most.
some of you might remember i had a fine last time for purchasing a parking ticket from the train station, but the car park was actually independant.... :-(