Nurse to fight Con Club parking fine in court

10:57 28 January 2014

Anne Fraser with the bundle of parking correspondence this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 9066-02-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk

Anne Fraser with the bundle of parking correspondence this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 9066-02-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk

Archant

A NURSE is facing court after being lumped with a hefty fine for stopping in a private car park for 10 minutes to ask directions to a children’s birthday party.

Anne Fraser is refusing to pay the penalty incurred at Sidmouth Conservative Club – which at one point stood at £150 – out of principle.

The 67-year-old is being chased by debt collectors who are threatening her with a County Court Judgement and the bailiffs.

She is willing for a judge to decide over a matter that has rumbled on for seven months.

Sympathetic club bosses had even tried to get the charge waived by the firm that runs their car park – but say rules are so strict that even its members have been hit with fines.

A CCTV number-plate recognition system was installed at the Radway venue in August 2012 to deter drivers from abusing its spaces at the expense of genuine users.

Anne’s 10 minute stay from 5.07pm to 5.17pm on July 4 last year could cost her around £250 in fines and court costs. Premier Park, which manages the car park, has passed the matter on to a debt recovery company.

“I did not realise stopping to ask for directions was a crime. I just wanted to find out where a kid’s party was,” said Anne.

“There should be a human element. I’ve gone all my life without anything like this.”

She said her friends had stayed in the car while she spent the time in question asking for directions to the nearby St Theresa’s Hall. The Holmsley care home employee was ‘extremely surprised’ to receive the original £60 penalty - which rose to £150.

Fenny Bridges resident Anne saw an appeal rejected and begrudgingly offered to pay the original amount to end to the matter - but was told she would have to fork out double.

The bill currently stands at £99.

Premier Park says that signs clearly advertise the terms of the car park and that 10 minutes is in excess of a grace period to allow people to turn around.

Bill Muir, a committee member at the club, lamented the ‘sad’ situation but said it cannot influence decisions.

“I tried desperately to get that one cancelled,” he added.

“I felt terrible about it, but the notices are there.”

Bill said that that handing over the management of the car park was necessary to rid it of motorists who were ‘taking liberties’.

“They [Premier Park] are the professionals; if it’s a violation they follow through with it,” he added.

“A few of our members have got tickets.”

1 comment

  • How is this a "point of principle"? Ms Fraser left her car in a private car park, didn't pay the required fee and got caught. Certainly it was hard luck, but was anyone else to blame?

    Report this comment

    Palmerston

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

Other News Stories

Josh Gutierrez will soon be heading off to Cambodia where he will take part in a VSO project. Ref shs 7653-34-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A university graduate has quit his job to go and help families in a struggling third world country.

Read more
08:04
A vintage teddy donated to Jeannie and John's appeal

A couple’s appeal to raffle off teddy bears to thank a prostate cancer charity has captured the imagination of the town – and revealed the impact of the little-discussed illness.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:24

Sid Valley residents are being warned to be on their guard against fraudsters claiming to offer a discount or rebate on council tax.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:42
The Red Arrows at Sidmouth. Ref shs 5777-35-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Pictues:

Read more
Yesterday, 12:36

Police are appealing for information after a ‘suspicious man’ approached a young woman waiting for a bus by the mini-roundabout in Newton Poppleford to ask for directions.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:04
Ian Hartnell of the P4 Drivers Guild Devon hands over a cheque to John Fowler and Phil Shepperd of the Sidmouth lifeboat. Ref shs 2544-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A show of classic British cars netted £1,000 for Sidmouth Lifeboat - and the petrolheads were eager to learn about its new tractor.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:34
Straightgate Farm, Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 7761-07-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The public will have chance to express their views on sites earmarked for extraction of minerals across Devon as part of a 12-week consultation.

Read more
Thu, 15:34
County Hall in Exeter.

District leaders could form part of a ‘unified front’ alongside other South West authorities in a move that would see the region gain more independence from Westminster.

Read more
Thu, 11:58

Doctors in East Devon are urging people to put a few extra things on their shopping lists ahead of the weekend.

Read more
Thu, 10:07
Sidmouth Fire Station in Woolbrook Road

The fire service is issuing urgent advice to boat owners along the Jurassic Coast about the proper disposal of out-of-date flares.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition


Devon's trusted business finder