motorist in dispute with district council over parking fine
Highbridge resident is considering taking Sedgemoor District Council
to court in a dispute over an "unfair" parking fine.
Leach has received a £50 parking ticket for leaving his
car at the side of the roadway that runs between The George Hotel
and Highbridge Cash and Carry, as pictured here.
parks there so his disabled wife can get to the cash and carry
more easily, and says he's used the spot for many years to help
his wife, always displaying a blue disabled parking badge in his
windscreen when she's there.
pictured with town councillor John Parkes, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It's very unfair. I've been parking on this private land
for 30 years and never had a problem."
told the council this is wrong - their area starts over in the
Bank Street car park, it's not their land."
have disputed it, but they've emailed me back to say they have
refused it and they are going ahead and fining me. I've said 'take
me to court then'."
added: "The owner of the cash and carry uses the layby for
access, but is happy for me to use it when we go into his shop.
It's closer for my wife. I had her disabled sign in the window
this time when the ticket was issued."
town councillor John Parkes has given his backing to Ray, adding:
"If Ray was creating an obstruction and was blocking entry
to the council's car park, then fair enough, but clearly he's
not. There's no obstruction."
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "The ticket was issued for not parking in a marked
bay. The land is owned by Sedgemoor and the owner of the former
supermarket has a right of way."
"We have issued PCNs in the past to cars parked in this area.
The disabled badge is not relevant in this case. SDC do not interfere
in the appeals process. The owner of the car has the opportunity
to make an appeal to the independent Traffic Penalty Tribunal."
Highbridge motorist Ray Leach and town councillor John Parkes
in the road where the parking fine was issued