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Parking Appeals

On 23 Feb 2007 at 8:56pm Sussexpellett wrote:
Familiar story: Sept. 06 paid, displayed, got ticket. Why?
Asked why straight away, Council replies in January (very busy department); residents bay. Like everyone else I have excuses and I dont expect them to wash but...
So how many fines are collected from those who are unfamiliar and make a mistake and how many from those that flout the rules and cause an obstruction?
I'd be interested to know why you got your ticket.
Anyone had a successful appeal?
Do you think the PA's are serving the community well?
On 24 Feb 2007 at 2:45am Smiler wrote:
I think its a good idea to appeal every ticket you get. A friend of mine got a ticket for parking untidily and successfully contested it saying the car door wouldn't open if parked right next to the kerb.
This parking system is another attack on our civil liberties and must be attacked/challenged at every opportunity.
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On 24 Feb 2007 at 3:15pm catty bitch wrote:
u know your wrong admit it. if you break the rules you get a ticket serves u right.
On 24 Feb 2007 at 8:28pm Sussexpellett wrote:
Catty Bitch, I'm not denying it, but the questions remain
So how many fines are collected from those who are unfamiliar and make a mistake and how many from those that flout the rules and cause an obstruction?
I'd be interested to know why you got your ticket.
Anyone had a successful appeal?
Do you think the PA's are serving the community well?
On 25 Feb 2007 at 4:09am SHS wrote:
Can't answer your appeal question as I've never paid to park in Lewes & never would. Tesco is the only central place I park.
But it should be obvious to most people that this scheme was never intended to 'serve the community'. It's purpose was threefold: (1) a cheap attempt to reduce congestion without paying for an effective solution ; (2) a way of raising revenue; (3) a means of keeping unemployment statistics down.
The scheme is made worse by the small details that seem designed to catch people out - like residents parking bays, the boundaries between zones and the two adjacent, identical and interconnecting car parks behind the Cliffe that have different tariffs! Half the time when you park you're likely to be in a hurry and stressed, having spent the last few hours fighting congestion and trying to find a space. So the scheme is both inappropriate for this small town and has been very badly designed. I think you'd need to club together with others and launch some kind of 'class action law suit' to get anyone in authority to listen and accept that they are at fault in cases like yours, and in imposing the scheme undemocratically in the first place (this could be your key - the consultation that wasn't - see recent Greenpeace success).
Funny how the EEC is starting to look desirable, now that Blair's run the country down so much.
On 25 Feb 2007 at 9:54am Mark Rolfe wrote:
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On 25 Feb 2007 at 9:57am MC wrote:
I got a ticket for parking in a restricted zone. When I parked I look round for an indication of the restrictions but could find no notice so assumed it was not a resricted zone. However, when I got back I met the warden who had just done me. I asked where the sign was that informed about the zone and he pointed to a tiny plaque on the front of what appeared to be a private terraced hoes (albeit fronted onto the pavement). As I thought this sign was nowhere near obvious enough I appealed. That was three months ago. I've heard nothing since. I'm not going to chae them.
I think the parkign officials colour the whole atmosphere of Lewes.. my general feeling about Lewes has changed from one of near love (yes that's how much I liked Lewes, not living in it but having moved to a nearby village from Brighton 2.5 years ago) to one of annoyance. It now bugs me if i have to go into Lewes, whereas previously I liked going in on a weekend. I find I buy more online now (even including fishing gear, sorry Percy) rather than brave the uniforms of opression.
When I do go into Lewes I try to keep it under two hours (or three depending on which sign you read) and park in Tescos. I very much resent bolstering the coffers of NCP.
On 25 Feb 2007 at 10:05am I dont live in lewes anymore wrote:
The PA's do a paid job so the question isn't whether they are serving the community but whether ESCC is listening to the electorate.
With their past record on the parking scheme + their most recent decision to approve the Incinerator at Newhaven ( 15,000 letters against versus 5 for) it seems that they are indeed a law unto themselves.
For the quango known as ESCC democracy is clearly no longer important "Done Deals" are the order of the day.
At the time of the next local elections don't vote... vomit.
On 25 Feb 2007 at 12:07pm MADGE wrote:
A heavily pregnant friend of mine got parking ticket on School Hill. Her family size saloon car was parked close as possible to the kerb between two other cars and the outer wheels overlapped white line. She is still waiting result of her appeal, has anyone else experienced this and successfully appealed? Why are they allowed to make these so narrow?
On 25 Feb 2007 at 1:44pm catty bitch wrote:
sussex pellett got mine by the post office on yellow lines, just nipped into the post office to get some stamps but i got caught. So i coughed up and paid my 30. The guy that gave me the ticket even said sorry love lol . The fellers that do that job do have a hard task and get no thanks for it, but you can park in lewes now even though you have to pay.
On 25 Feb 2007 at 8:53pm madge wrote:
No one is denying that if you blatently break the basic parking rules you will get a ticket but some incidents are at the discression & common sense of the person issuing the ticket. If the vehicle is a normal family saloon and clearly too wide to get any further within the line but is parked tidily and straight and is displaying a valid ticket, how can they justify issuing a fine? Many people have elderly passengers or passengers who struggle to manouver out of car directly onto pavemnt needing to place just one foot in the curb but is seems your tyres have to touch or even scrape the curb in some cases to avoid penalties.
On 26 Feb 2007 at 9:45am succssesful appealer wrote:
i got a ticket hands up i was wrong so i paid it over the phone on the 13th day after the penalty was issued. but they took the money from my account 2 day later so sent me a letter saying i owed another 30 for late payment. luckily enough i showed my itemised bill for my moblie that proved when i phoned so they let me off. i wonder how many people this has happened too over the country that can't prove when the called.
On 11 Mar 2007 at 7:47pm coolspot blue Coat wrote:
If your friends car was as close to the curb as reasonably possible and over lapped the line the pa who issued the ticket shoud have seen this and not issued the ticket.
But there are some who make us look like w***ers.
Good luck.
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