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Another Bridgwater businessman hits out at parking fine
A FURIOUS Bridgwater businessman has hit out at parking enforcement in the town after he was fined for going over his time limit by just over a minute.
Andrew Lee, of Andrew Lees letting agents, was landed with a £50 fine after parking outside his business in High Street - one minute and 56 seconds over the 30-minute limit.
Mr Lee told the Mercury: “I knew I wasn't going to be in the office long, so I just popped in and when I came out I was shocked to receive the penalty notice.
“I realise there are people who abuse parking in the town and this creates problems for residents and business owners.
“However, I do not abuse parking and we actually pay £79 per month for private parking slots, which I use when I know I'll be in the office longer.
“I could understand if I had overstayed by even five minutes, but to be given a fine for just short of two minutes seems excessive.”
Mr Lee is not the only businessman in the town to have hit out at parking enforcement measures. The Mercury reported how Peter Nicholls temporarily closed his photographic studio in King Street in July in protest over his fine.
Mr Lee wrote to Somerset County Council disputing the fine, which he received on September 9, and had a response last week.
The response from the Parking Administration department said: “The Penalty Charge Notice was correctly served.
“Officers are duty bound to issue PCNs to any vehicle parked in contravention regardless of who the driver is.
“It is the responsibility of the driver to be aware of and adhere to the relevant signage or to seek alternative parking arrangements to ensure their vehicle is parked without contravening the restrictions in force.”
Mr Lee is going to officially appeal against the fine.
He added: “I'm trying to run a local business and I think incidents like this are not encouraging businesses or shoppers to the town.”
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