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Fathers anger at unfair parking fine

 Published on: 10th August 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

A furious father said he is prepared to be taken to court after his daughter was fined earlier this year because she was unable to get out of the Waterfields Car Park in Watford.

Heather Cripps was shopping in Waterfields on the day that emergency services had to deal with a huge fire at Woodys Grill in Watford High Street.

Elsewhere in the town, police, fire and ambulance also had to deal with someone threatening to jump from a block of flats in Wilmington Close in the town.

The incidents caused gridlock across the town and meant many drivers were unable to move for hours.

Heather received a parking fine despite the fact that she was unable to leave the car park for three hours.

Store members also told customers that they would not get a ticket. Her father Alan appealed the charge and sent back evidence to show that Heather was not able to leave the car park. 

After this was also deemed insufficient, Alan appealed to Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) but learnt last month he had also lost at this stage of the process .

Now he said he is refusing to pay the £60 out of principle.

He said: “I won’t pay and they can take me to court. I wrote the retailers and they said they were sorry to hear that I had been inconvenienced. Parking is run by a separate company and I think thew retailers should be putting pressure on landlord to change their parking company. They’re trying to fine me for something I can’t do anything about.”

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