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    Is there something wrong with the UK ?

    What with the Government applying s.24 retrospectively I now find my Local Authority thinks its ok to put parking tickets on cars without proper signs.

    I had the pleasure of running into a traffic warden who was putting a ticket on my car and when I asked him why he said you have to pay at the machine. I said and where are the signs that say i have to pay at the machine. He walked further up the road and pointed to a sign that was inside a hedge.

    I said to him how am i expected to see the sign when its inside a hedge. He said im just doing my job and you will have to argue it with the Council.

    I appealed to the Council and they rejected my appeal. They took no responsibility for the sign and said the area is in a Controlled Parking Zone and the sign inside the hedge is irrelevant.

    I have asked under the freedom of Information Act the number of people booked at that location and I am currently waiting for an answer.

    When I went to Portugal I parked in a city centre car park and I didnt even have to pay.

    In the Uk the local Government think it's ok to con the public. Its ok not to have adequate signage and then have the cheek to blame me for not reading the signs properly.

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    I would go to the next level and ask for a review . Did you take pictures . I currently got my appeal turned done. I then asked for a review putting forward my case in a different way . Lack of signage parking space marking and the inconsistency of traffic CEOs giving out tickets .

    To my surprise they are now allowing a review. This has been going on over a year now. Would have been cheaper to pay the ticket . But out of principal I am pushing it. 

     It is unfair if you dare to appeal the fine is automatically doubled to £90 but by doing this it cost the company a lot more than they will get from me.

    I am using the in interest of justice as a reason I have photos of TW walking past cars that were definitely illeaille parked but give tickets to other cars. I took video and photographs as proof

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    Yes I have taken photos.

    I will fight them but I know this sort of thing is going on everywhere.

    Private companies do this but when your Local Authority start doing it, it makes me feel its time to leave this place.

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    There is a major problem and it this

    since the crash of 2007 the govt has squeezed councils to the point where they are trying to get every penny they can

    council tax

    licance fees

    ect ect are just two ways they are hitting us directly

    enforcement of parking is another money maker

    I don’t like councils much but I dislike govt even more

    so yes dear old England has changed

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    """....When I went to Portugal I parked in a city centre car park and I didnt even have to pay.....""""


    Europe seems to do things better;  Thinks......

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    Don't fool yourself you have paid for it many times over. Uk contribution to the EU budget means much goes on soft loans to EC countries to bail them out of the recent economic problems.

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    Parking anywhere in or close to a town centre nowadays will probably be charged and/or restricted - so beware.

    No surprise the most common site on many high streets is sheets of plywood over closed businesses!

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    Parking is killing the high st

    but councils can’t see it

    I see loads of parking control officers but I never see a police officer

    oh I know why silly my police officers don’t hand out tickets do they so there not a profit maker

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    Council will take very short term view to balance the books.

    When the Golden Goose is starved to death they may have a meeting to discuss the way forward - by which time most shopping will be done online and those habits firmly ingrained.

    Gonna be hard to reverse that when alternative is sit in a half hr traffic jam to get in to a multi storey car park - crawl along for another 10/15 mins looking for a space etc etc.

    I would say the average high street is in early stage of heart failure - can be propped up for a while with suitable treatment - but reversing underlying issue impossible (there being no analogy for a heart transplant!)

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    My area the council wants to do away with park and shop free 30mins waiting time. More boarded up shops I think.

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    You will win if there is no adequate signage

    A hedge in bad need of a trim  provides the perfect defence on this occasion

    I`m fine with the UK - I will never leave 

    When people  consider moving abroad they like naturally to add every tick in the box they  can.

    They dont want a 52% v 48% dilemma in their mind as that creates uncertainty

    They want more like a 90% v 10% decisive vote to convince themselves they have made the right choice

    So once the big ticks are done like tax/weather/ sun / family / jobs / retirement etc it is natural to want to then pick on several  relatively minor issues to consolidate and confirm their  life changing decision.

    Ease  of parking without getting a ticket and would be one such minor tick. 

    One of my ticks however for staying in the UK  is the joy of returning to your car, heart pounding, as you know you have overstayed by 10 mins but finding to your joy that no ticket is in fact on the windscreen

    The double joy of course is seeing the traffic warden approaching just as you drive off .

    I would miss that if parking was free


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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com