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    • lea2012
    • By lea2012 18th Apr 17, 8:37 PM
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    Gladstone Solicitors - gym parking
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:37 PM
    Gladstone Solicitors - gym parking 18th Apr 17 at 8:37 PM
    I received a parking fine in the post in November from my gym.

    The parking ticket was actually issued whilst I was in the gym signing up and having an induction. I didn't notice any signs in the car parking and it wasn't pointed out to me on arrival. I was sat with a member of staff to complete my signing up forms for half an hour and whilst they didn't mention parking they did happen to mention they were still drunk from the night before and to not get too close!

    I got a parking ticket within a few days of signing up and then realised that there is a small machine in the gym where you need to add your registration plate and it then gives you unlimited use for 30 days.

    Stupidly I ignored the first and second letter from the parking company as I believed that calling or writing to them would admit my liability and that it wouldn't go any further! I did bring it up with the receptionist on duty when I left one day and they told me to ignore it as they never chase it up anyway. (they wouldn't have known my name as I asked when leaving and they don't have any photos on your membership or thumb scanners when leaving).

    I've now had a 'letter before claim' letter from Gladstones solicitors on behalf of Sip Parking that says they have been instructed to commence legal action against me. They refer me to the Practice Direction for pre action conduct under civil procedure rules, paragraph 13-16?? It states I have 14 days to pay the full amount or to acknowledge receipt of this letter and provide a full written response. The response must include the name of the driver and their address or they will start proceedings against me.

    Have I made an expensive mistake by not responding? Should I contact the gym head office first to see if they can cancel it or do I respond to Gladstone? What will they do next??

    I did try reading the sticky but got a little overwhelmed with all of the abbreviations and think it confused me more than I was before!! Any help is vastly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Lea :confused:
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    • Redx
    • By Redx 18th Apr 17, 11:51 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 11:51 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 11:51 PM
    there is a glossary for the abbreviations in that sticky thread

    you should have sent in the IPC appeal to SIP (SIP sent you the pcn , not the gym)

    now you should

    1) complain to the gym and try to get the charges cancelled, in writing , keeping copies (no telephone calls)

    2) respond to the LBC denying the alleged debt

    and its not a parking fine that you received, its an invoice called a pcn , a PARKING CHARGE NOTICE
    Newbies !!
    Private Parking ticket? check the 2 sticky threads by coupon-mad and crabman in the Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking Board forum for the latest advice or maybe try pepipoo or C.A.G. or legal beagles forums if you need legal advice as well because this parking forum is not about debt collectors or legal matters per se
    • lea2012
    • By lea2012 19th Apr 17, 7:33 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 7:33 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 7:33 AM
    Thank you. I will contact the gym again today in writing and also send a reply to the LBC, I presume I don't admit I was driving?

    I've read the sticky again but still can't find a glossary is LBC Gladstones?

    Thanks.
    Lea :confused:
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    • By Umkomaas 19th Apr 17, 11:14 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:14 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:14 AM
    Thank you. I will contact the gym again today in writing and also send a reply to the LBC, I presume I don't admit I was driving?

    I've read the sticky again but still can't find a glossary is LBC Gladstones?

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by lea2012
    No need to when you splash it all over a public forum where PPC eyes lurk. Amend that URGENTLY and I'll change this post.

    LBC = Letter Before Claim (also known as Letter Before County Court Claim, Letter of Claim, Letter Before Action). Any such letter is usually headed up with one of these terms.
    We cannot provide you with a silver bullet to get you out of this. You have to be in for the long run, and need to involve yourself in research and work for you to get rid of this. It is not simple. We will help, but can't do it for you.

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    • lea2012
    • By lea2012 22nd Apr 17, 9:16 AM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 9:16 AM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 9:16 AM
    Just to update. I spoke to my gym manager and they have now cancelled the charge for me so it's all resolved now.

    Thanks.
    Lea :confused:
    • Coupon-mad
    • By Coupon-mad 22nd Apr 17, 2:27 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 2:27 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 2:27 PM
    Just to update. I spoke to my gym manager and they have now cancelled the charge for me so it's all resolved now.

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by lea2012
    Good! As we always say, get that in writing/email and send an urgent copy to Gladstones to stop them (don't assume it's over until confirmed).
    PRIVATE PCN? DON'T PAY BUT DO NOT IGNORE IT TWO Clicks needed for advice:
    Top of the page: Home>>Forums>Household & Travel>Motoring>Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking - read the 'NEWBIES' FAQS thread!
    Advice to ignore is WRONG, unless in Scotland/NI.

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