Parking Charge Notice @ Merryhill

Went to Merryhill for the first time in a while today and struggled to park (as always). Ended up parking by MFI. However, it seems we failed to spot the "warning notices" and as such have received a ticket courtesy of TPS for £60 for over staying the 2 hour limit by 6 minutes!!! We always assumed that parking at Merryhill was free (and like I say, in our haste to get to the shops safely with our 3 kids, failed to spot the signs. Is there anything we can do or should I just hold my hands up and pay the £40 (if we pay within 14 days). I did speak to MFI staff but they weren't bothered at all!!!

Some have suggested that this an unenforceable invoice and that there's no provision in law for them to 'fine' me. What should I do?!?
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  • sarahg1969sarahg1969 Forumite
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    The people who ahve suggested that to you are correct.

    Ignore, ignore, ignore.

    And get yourself on to the forums at https://www.pepipoo.com where they'll tell you the same!
  • DoozergirlDoozergirl Forumite
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    Sounds totally unenforceable to me! Only a "Penalty Charge Notice" is valid and no-one else is allowed to use that phrase - though you notice, they do try and get as close as they can and make it look official.

    Ignore it. Please. They might continue to send a few more letters but just ignore them. If you enter into conversation with them, they'll just keep pushing it, so don't bother. Spend your money on something else.

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  • themaccasthemaccas Forumite
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    I've had one of these and ignored it. They sent 2 more notices each more threatening than the last and I ignored each one......please do the same! I've heard nothing more since.
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  • CHR15CHR15 Forumite
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    Is merryhill local to us?? :confused: never heard of it.
  • bargepolebargepole Forumite
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    CHR15 wrote: »
    Is merryhill local to us?? :confused: never heard of it.
    It's near Dudley, West Midlands, and is a well-known hotspot for scamming PPCs sending out bogus penalty charges. They really should print them on perforated paper ...

    I have been providing assistance, including Lay Representation at Court hearings (current score: won 55, lost 14), to defendants in parking cases for over 5 years. I have an LLB (Hons) degree, and have a Graduate Diploma in Civil Litigation from CILEx. However, any advice given on these forums by me is NOT formal legal advice, and I accept no liability for its accuracy.
  • MX5huggyMX5huggy Forumite
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    CHR15 wrote: »
    Is merryhill local to us?? :confused: never heard of it.

    Better known as Merryhell!!
  • mystic_bertiemystic_bertie Forumite
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    hi i just got a charge for parking somewhere in paisley is this tps legit and just cant enforce the fine or is it s rip off scam ?
  • CrabmanCrabman Forumite, Board Guide
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    hi i just got a charge for parking somewhere in paisley is this tps legit and just cant enforce the fine or is it s rip off scam ?
    Is it private or council (which council)?

    Please start a new thread for your case with the appropriate info after you've read the 'welcome' sticky :)
    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings & Investments, ISAs & Tax-free Savings, Public Transport & Cycling, Motoring and Parking Fines, Tickets & Parking Boards. I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Board Guides are not moderators & don't read every post. If you spot a contentious or illegal post then please report it to [email protected] (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com

  • sarahg1969sarahg1969 Forumite
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    TPS - will be private. Read all the advice in the parking forum, and ignore it.

    ETA: the ticket, not the advice!!!
  • RebelRebel Forumite
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    I will go against the other replies here, take proper advice from somewher like CAB if you are going to ignore it.

    Whilst ignoring it may be the best course of action, without knowing the full details nobody here can be certain and the last thing you need is a county court summons if you should have responded and didn't.

    Personally I belong to the RAC in your position I would contact them and ask for advice, alternatively most car insurance policies have legal protection so you could ask them even some home insurance policies have legal advice included.

    PLEASE don't take advice on legal matter from well intentioned but not qualified people on something that could cost you a lot, its not other forum members that have to deal with the consequences if they are wrong
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