motorist challenges council's 'unfair' parking fine
Burnham-On-Sea motorist has lodged an appeal against an "unfair"
parking fine that he received after parking in the town's High Street
last week during a "confusing" temporary closure.
working in the town centre gained permission from Somerset County
Council for parking to be suspended in several parking bays outside
Boots the chemists while work was carried out.
motorist Kelton Black, pictured, says he did not see a temporary
yellow parking sign which advertised the parking ban and, as a result,
he parked his car there as normal... and then received a fine.
was parked for just a few minutes in the same High Street parking
bays that I've used for years," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
had no reason to look up on the lamp posts to see if there was a
temporary parking ban in place there."
would have expected more visible signs than these, or traffic cones
stating that no parking was allowed, while the work was being carried
hadn't seen the small yellow sign on the lampost until I came back
to my car - and to my shock found I'd been given a parking ticket."
fine is £35 if paid within 14 days and £70 otherwise
which is a lot to pay and very unfair given that I don't consider
to have done anything wrong. I have challenged it with Somerset
would be interested to hear from any other motorists who fell foul
to the temporary parking restrictions between 6-10th November and
who are challenging the fines - get
in contact via Burnham-On-Sea.com.
for Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We receive
requests from organisations to suspend parking restrictions for
specific purposes. In this case the suspension along Burnham High
Street was requested for essential water works between 6th to 10th
suspending parking areas, our contractor will ensure the period
of the suspension is as short as possible to minimise inconvenience.
We also request as much notice as possible to provide the greatest
opportunity for drivers to be aware of any forthcoming suspensions."
3D yellow signs are placed within the relevant area usually on any
existing poles to inform the public. Drivers should always check
the signs when parking regardless of how familiar they are with
who feels they have been unfairly penalised can make a challenge
as detailed on the reverse of the penalty and include any mitigating
circumstances as to why the penalty should be cancelled."
Top, Kelton Black and, above, the yellow parking signs that he didn't
see which led to his parking fine in Burnham-On-Sea High Street