Morecambe car park problems rumble on

Winter Gardens volunteers who fell foul of the ParkingEye scheme in the Winter Gardens car park shortly after it came in last year.
Winter Gardens volunteers who fell foul of the ParkingEye scheme in the Winter Gardens car park shortly after it came in last year.
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A controversial car parking scheme continues to cause strife for motorists.

Two more people who fell foul of the ParkingEye system in the Winter Gardens car park have come forward after they were fined despite believing they hadn’t broken any rules.

Pensioner Graham Middleton, 69, parked in the car park while visiting the Sunday car boot sale.

Mr Middleton, who is disabled, displayed his blue badge while parking there on April 17 but received a penalty charge notice.

He paid it but received a second charge after parking again a week later.

This time he displayed his blue badge and also paid 90p for a ticket.

Mr Middleton has complained to ParkingEye and is awaiting a response.

He said anyone who has experienced similar problems is welcome to contact him on 07713 953076.

Meanwhile another motorist, Kath Webster from Morecambe, said she was “absolutely fuming” after receiving a penalty charge notice.

She said she parked in the car park on May 2, paid the correct charge and stayed for 29 minutes, but was still fined.

“It wasn’t until I put my 90p in that I realised I was supposed to put my car registration number into the machine but it still gave me the ticket anyway,” she said.

ParkingEye asked her for proof that she parked legitimately but Mrs Webster said: “I’m not wasting my time emailing them when I haven’t done anything wrong.”

A ParkingEye spokesman said: “People using the Pleasureland car park have a responsibility to enter their vehicle registration into the payment machines located in the car park and pay the appropriate tariff for the duration of their visit.

“A parking charge only becomes payable if the terms and conditions are not adhered to. If people feel they should not have received a charge due to mitigating circumstances we encourage them to submit an appeal, instructions about how to do this are detailed on all communications and on our website.”

ParkingEye also said there are over 30 signs in the car park explaining that people are required to enter their vehicle registration in the terminals and that blue badge holders are required to pay for parking.

They said Mr Middleton was charged for failing to enter his registration details or pay for parking on April 17. He paid this without appeal. They said he was charged for failing to enter his registration details or pay for parking on April 24 and his appeal against this charge is pending.

They said Mrs Webster was charged for failing to enter her registration details or pay for parking on May 2. They confirmed she has not appealed against this charge.

The Visitor has received several complaints from motorists who have received fines since the new system came into operation last year. They include volunteers at the nearby Winter Gardens theatre.

The ParkingEye system photographs and logs the registration plate of every car entering and leaving the car park through the main gate.