An­gry mo­torist slams ‘con­fus­ing’ car park

Driver given PCN de­spite no men­tion of pay and dis­play

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A VIS­I­TOR faced con­fu­sion and a ‘ridicu­lous’ penalty charge no­tice (PCN) af­ter spend­ing 90 min­utes in an Uxbridge car park with cov­ered-up pay ma­chines.

Paul Xavier-Lu­cas vis­ited Uxbridge briefly and used the coun­cil-run Pavil­ions shop­ping cen­tre car park, also known as Grainges, for 90 min­utes, be­liev­ing he had to pay af­ter the stay.

He re­turned to find a PCN slapped onto his wind­screen and asks Hilling­don Coun­cil why it is not clearer that the car park is a pay and dis­play.

He said: “Where you nor­mally stop and the ma­chine would take your ticket was com­pletely taped up and the bar­rier was in the up po­si­tion.

“I got a park­ing space on the first level and when I went over to the exit, which is to­wards the high street, the pay­ing ma­chines were com­pletely taped up.

“Then when you go into the stair­well, you can see signs which say it’s a pay on exit car park – no men­tion about hav­ing to pay and dis­play.

“There are two car parks – one where you take a ticket and pay on exit and pay and dis­play, but on a pay and dis­play they’ve got to tell you that it is one.”

Mr Lu­cas did not re­alise there were any pay and dis­play ma­chines, as the only one he saw on his way out were taped up.

He said: “It was only af­ter I got the ticket that I walked around the car park and found in the cor­ner, this other ma­chine that wasn’t taped up – it was in the op­po­site cor­ner to the exit I’d used.

“What I think has hap­pened is that the car park was one of the pay on exit ones and you pay for the time you had when you leave. But at some point the coun­cil got pay and dis­play but did not put up clear signs telling peo­ple that’s what they’ve done.”

This is not the first time park­ing in Uxbridge has caused con­tro­versy – last year shop­pers fumed over intu Uxbridge’s park­ing hike.

Mr Lu­cas wants the coun­cil to can­cel his penalty charge which he thinks would ‘never stand up’ and sug­gests signs need to make it clearer the car park is a pay and dis­play.

He added: “An­other thing I would say about the car park is that if you wanted to stay for the whole day, which costs some­thing like £16, the ma­chine only takes coins, which is fur­ther mad­ness.

“No one’s got £16 worth of coins on them.

“When I came into the car park, clearly none of the bar­ri­ers were work­ing, none of the ma­chines that I saw on the way to the exit were work­ing and the signs told me you pay on exit, so it’s mad.”

Hilling­don Coun­cil had not com­mented by the time the Gazette went to press. BOYS at Ab­bots­field School were in­spired to help raise funds for a young cancer pa­tient.

The pupils held a cake sale to sup­port and raise aware­ness of neu­rob­las­toma, rais­ing well over £100 for the Solv­ing Kids Cancer charity.

The boys were in­spired to take part af­ter read­ing the Uxbridge Gazette ar­ti­cle about eight-year-old Jes­sica Shep­pard, who has been bat­tling neu­rob­las­toma and ex­plained she had named her tu­mour Boris.

The money was raised to help any­one who is fight­ing neu­rob­las­toma re­ceive the treat­ment they need.

n SWEET GES­TURE: Year 11 pupils Tom Lean­ing (left) and Sa­jan Suren­thi­rara­jah with their cakes baked for Neu­rob­las­toma aware­ness

n ‘RIDICU­LOUS’: The cov­ered-up pay ma­chines

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