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Parking fine? It’s a joke says Carlisle pensioner

A pensioner has received a £100 fine – because he visited a Carlisle car park twice in the same day.

Tommy Salkeld photo
Tommy Salkeld

Tommy Salkeld, 66, visited the Asda store on St Nicholas Gate Retail Park twice on October 13.

The rules state that cars are only allowed to park at the complex – which is home to Burger King, Halfords, Asda and Toys ‘R’ Us – for two hours.

They say that Mr Salkeld stayed for seven hours and 16 minutes.

Mr Salkeld, of Chapel Close, Warwick Bridge, near Carlisle, said: “I first went at about 10.40am and I was in the car park for about 20 to 40 minutes.

“I went home and my car was parked outside my house for most of the day until I returned to Asda later on to get some shopping.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the fine through the post. It’s a joke.”

Mr Salkeld, who drives a Nissan Micra Acenta, has written to the car park regulator ParkingEye.

He said: “I entered at 10.40am at the entrance beside Burger King and left within 40 minutes at the south exit of the car park besides Halfords. I asked the company to check their camera at that exit.

“When I left at 5.56pm I entered via London Road and exited onto Currock Road.

“Between these times my car was parked outside my home.”

The firm wrote back to Mr Salkeld after his correspondence and said: “You say that you were not on site for the stated period.

“After reviewing your case, there is no evidence to substantiate your claim therefore the parking charge still stands.

“In order for ParkingEye to cancel this charge, we will need valid evidence indicating that you did not break the terms and conditions stipulated on the signage.”

Mr Salkeld had until today to pay a reduced £60 fine, otherwise he must cough up the full £100 amount.

He said: “I’m not paying it. If they checked their cameras properly they would see that I wasn’t there all day.”

A spokesman for ParkingEye said: “Mr Salkeld says he visited the car park at St Nicholas Gate on two separate occasions on the same day to go shopping.

“He has appealed his charge, and we are still waiting for him to send us evidence of his shopping. When he does this, we hope to resolve the matter as we always support genuine shoppers.”

Last week Canon Maurice Bartlett accused the company of “extracting money by false pretences”.

He says he was also unfairly penalised for driving through St Nicholas Gate retail car park, in Carlisle.

The 79-year-old drove through the car park on the way to pick up friends.

He then drove back through St Nicholas Gate on his way home.

Despite outlining his day to ParkingEye, his appeal was rejected.

Have your say

I have a Nissan Leaf - all electric. There is a charging point in the car park, complete with 2 designated parking bays, reserved for their use. It can take 6 or 7 hours to fully charge the car from empty to full. I was there, solely to charge my car, for 2hours 20 minutes. I got the "automated" parking ticket from Parking eye, first week in July this year. I appealed, stating my case, which was fairly obvious, thinking I would hear no more. But, this appeal was rejected! The point being, you can't have a charging point for electric cars, then fine people for staying more than 2 hours to charge their car!
I have replied to the rejection, saying I will not pay, so far have not heard back from them. Perhaps someone with an ounce of common sense read my
second appeal.....

Posted by M.Fisher on 6 August 2014 at 20:25

Don't ignore letters, especially if they come from the court. You have appealed the matter, and it was rejected. You do not have to prove your innocence - they have to prove "on the balance of probability" that you have breached the conditions, which relates to contract law. It's a disgrace. See it through - at the end of the day because it is a contract they have to show you have caused them loss, and this is not the case. It's shameful - you do not have to prove you shopped here - they have to prove you parked there for the time they allege. Why would you keep your receipts? I didn't and I won my case. Seek compensation as well.

Posted by Jay on 24 June 2014 at 22:50

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