Urgent help needed - County Court Claim - First Parking / DCB Legal
First of all thanks in advance for any support, this community is amazing!!
Background, I have a PCN issued on 09/12/19 from First Parking for £60, stating the car was parked without displaying a valid permit in a permit holder only carpark. My car was parked in a University Car Park.
I was living between three addresses at the time (first 4 letters going to address 1 which was my nan and late Grandad’s house), letters 5 and 6 going to address 2, then next letters will be sent to address 3. I have only recently learnt of these letters so I’m getting involved pretty late in the game.
After the first PCN, I have a letter from National Debt Collections on 14/01/20, stating the amount now due is £130.
Then a Notice of intended legal action from National Debt Collectors on 03/02/20 for £130.
Then a Notice of Debt Recovery from DCBL on 25/02/20 requesting £60 PCN + £60 admin and recovery fee so £120.
Then a letter of claim from DCBL on 07/01/21 for £120.
Finally a claim form was issued from DCBL on 09/02/21 for £132.07 claimed amount + £25 court fee + £50 legal representatives costs so total being £207.07. Court address is County Court Business centre Northampton. It goes on to state the defendant (driver) agreed to pay within 28 days but did not. Nothing was agreed. It also states defendant is liable as the driver OR keeper.
It goes on to say I should respond to this claim within 14 days, which would be 23/02/21. If I disagree or wish to make a counter claim, I must send acknowledgement is service or a defence form to the court within 14 days of the date of service. If I send acknowledgement of service, I must send a defence to the court no later than 28 days from the date of service.
I’m sorry that it is a lot of information. I’ve read the newbie thread and looks like I need to request a SAR and look at the defence template.
I’m mindful I may only have until Tuesday to acknowledge the service so not much time at all!!!
I contacted the uni who said it was too late for them to get involved as it has now been passed onto debt collection. GRRRRR!!
HELP! I don’t really know where to go from here and I don’t normally get involved in these online forums so hope I’m doing in the correct way.
Thanks in advance beautiful people !!