Sta­tion park­ing fines are ‘just a honey pot’

MP to quiz firm over charges is­sued for drop­ping-off in wrong place

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Ballinger alexander.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

THE MP for Hayes & Har­ling­ton John McDonnell has backed con­stituents over their anger at traf­fic fines be­ings is­sued out­side the train sta­tion.

A road in front of Hayes & Har­ling­ton Rail Sta­tion is closed while work is car­ried out as part of the Cross­rail project, but those struck with fines for us­ing the road have called the ‘sys­tem’ un­fair.

One Hayes res­i­dent, James Good­child, is to at­tend court after re­fus­ing to pay a fine he was is­sued.

Mr Good­child said: “I re­fused to pay the bill be­cause it’s un­fair. There’s not enough warn­ing.

“It’s been a nice lit­tle earner for them. It’s about mak­ing some money.

“I’d like to see it done in the proper man­ner. I’d like to see enough no­tice so peo­ple know not to go down there.”

Mr Good­child re­ceived his fine for £60 last Oc­to­ber from pri­vate­com­pany Park­ing Con­trol Man­age­ment (PCM), which then in­creased to £100 after 28 days.

He was then con­tacted by PCM’s solic­i­tors in April to say court ac­tion would fol­low after he did not pro­vide a valid rea­son for not pay­ing the fine.

The 47-year-old added: “You can’t see the sign un­less you get out of your car.

“I’d like to see a proper drop-off zone pro­vided.”

Mr McDonnell was con­tacted by a mem­ber of the pub­lic who raised the is­sue after re­ceiv­ing a fine.

The mem­ber of the pub­lic from Wok­ing­ham, who pre­ferred not to be named, said: “I’m will­ing to take it to court if I have to.

“The whole of Hayes & Har­ling­ton Sta­tion is re­ally badly sign posted.

“I don’t think it’s le­gal. I be­lieve it’s a honey pot”

They re­ceived a fine after search­ing for the sta­tion on­line and find­ing no men­tion of the closed road.

He added that as work has been go­ing on for a year, there was suf­fi­cient time to en­sure bet­ter signs were put in place and for web­sites to be up­dated.

Mr McDonnell, who is also the Shadow Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer, re­sponded to say he thought the sys­tem was ‘a dis­grace’ and that he would be tak­ing this is­sue up with PCM and with Hilling­don Coun­cil.

Mr Good­child said he is cur­rently wait­ing to re­ceive his court date.

PCM have not re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment.

n ‘DIS­GRACE’: John McDonnell MP is to take up the is­sue with Park­ing Con­trol Man­age­ment after sev­eral con­stituents com­plained about fines that have been im­posed on them claim­ing the signs are un­clear

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