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    • LopsidedStephen
    • By LopsidedStephen 8th Aug 18, 12:20 PM
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    Private Parking Company on Council Land
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    • 8th Aug 18, 12:20 PM
    Private Parking Company on Council Land 8th Aug 18 at 12:20 PM

    I recently received a Parking Charge Notice (from Civil Enforcement Ltd) when my car was parked in a car park that is Council land. It is a local municipal golf course that for over 6 years has offered free parking. Around 18 months ago, the Council entered into a partnership with Everyone Active to manage the course, however my understanding is the ground is still owned by the Council. In the last few weeks, signage went up (which "the driver" missed, along with a large number of other regular users) that stated free parking was limited to 2 hours.

    My question is, can a private car company enforce parking charges on Council land?

    I've read through all the guidance on this site and I've seen reference to the fact that this isn't allowed, however I wasn't sure if the Council were allowed to sub contract the parking charge ability to a private company.

    I plan to appeal on a number of grounds anyway, but was intrigued if this was an additional argument in my defence. I also wondered if this gave me cause to complain to our Council about how this is being managed.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Last edited by LopsidedStephen; 08-08-2018 at 1:09 PM. Reason: told to do so by another user
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    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 8th Aug 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 12:32 PM
    You say you have read the guidance here yet have missed the advice throughout here never to reveal who was driving

    You need to edit your post to remove details of who was driving

    The ppcs monitor this forum and can use your posts against you.

    You say you are planning your own appeal.

    Why not follow the guidance on appeals here?

    All covered in the newbies FAQ thread near the top of the forum
    • beamerguy
    • By beamerguy 8th Aug 18, 12:46 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 12:46 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 12:46 PM
    Your question must be asked to the council.

    You need to find out who has the contract with CEL
    One assumes it is Everyone Active

    God help you guys if CEL are involved, they ticket
    everything in sight.

    Find out which idiot contracted CEL and show them
    the terrible decision they made.


    You need to show this to all your fellow golfers

    • The Deep
    • By The Deep 8th Aug 18, 12:50 PM
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    The Deep
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    • 8th Aug 18, 12:50 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 12:50 PM
    This is an entirely unregulated industry which is scamming the public with inflated claims for minor breaches of contracts for alleged parking offences, aided and abetted by a handful of low-rent solicitors.

    Parking Eye, CPM, Smart, and another company have already been named and shamed, as has Gladstones Solicitors, and BW Legal, (these two law firms take hundreds of these cases to court each year). They lose most of them, and have been reported to the regulatory authority by an M.P. for unprofessional conduct

    Hospital car parks and residential complex tickets have been especially mentioned.

    The problem has become so rampant that MPs have agreed to enact a Bill to regulate these scammers. Watch the video of the Second Reading in the House of Commons recently recently.

    and complain in the most robust terms to your MP. With a fair wind they will be out of business by Christmas.
    You never know how far you can go until you go too far.
    • LopsidedStephen
    • By LopsidedStephen 8th Aug 18, 1:14 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:14 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:14 PM
    Thanks Quentin. Edited accordingly.
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