Parking Charge Notice
in Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking
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Sorry this is rather long. I recently got two PCNs at my local hospital in Colchester for 13 & 19 September. There is a massive amount of building work going on and main entrance temporarily moved to a different location and large white hoardings. It is mayhem!! Car park pay machines and signage obscured by hoardings and at that point no signage to pay machines whatsoever. Either Parking Eye unaware or just too lazy to try and redirect people to the machines (or perhaps saw an opportunity to make a great deal of money). On arrival car park entrance barriers broken and lying on ground, ticket machine not issuing tickets and also exit barrier broken off. Ticket machine has broken in the past and so along with many other people I did not see how I could pay if I had no ticket and also could not see any pay machines and couldn’t work out where they were so assumed car park was free. Conditions were exactly the same on both visits. I appealed both PCNs and Parking Eye let me off the first one (13 September) but decided that the 17 Sept one I had to pay. Total mystery as I had two friends visiting with me on 17 Sept and had arrived in their own cars and were faced with the same problems I encountered and couldn’t pay so also received PCNs. However, Parking Eye has dropped their PCNs but for some reason is continuing with mine? In my opinion this is totally unfair and inconsistent. So I appealed that one to POPLA. But POPLA found against me. Their Assessor has made 3 blatantly incorrect and untrue statements in her summing up. They say they won’t review their rulings, but surely if I complain that the Assessor has made untrue statements they would have to look into that? The way things are looking I have a feeling Parking Eye will take me to court if I don’t pay the £70, does anybody know whether the fact that they have let other people off for exactly the same mitigating circumstances - one of them being for exactly the same time I was there and the other an hour or so later - would be helpful for my case if I decided to fight it? Also one of my friends had a PCN for 19 Sept as well and they dropped that one too when she appealed. I am also going to see if the hospital will intervene.
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