Parking fine overturned

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COUNCIL chiefs are seeking legal advice over “confusing” signs after a man won a David and Goliath battle to scrap a parking fine.

Alan Taylor was slapped with the £70 penalty when he parked outside Revenues Hall in Chesterfield town centre.

The borough council claimed Mr Taylor breached signs which state ‘controlled zone, no parking beyond this point’ – but an adjudicator has questioned the suitability of the signage and thrown out the fine.

Disabled Mr Taylor, 59, of Middlecroft Road, Staveley, said: “I’d parked up and went to do some shopping in the town centre.

“When I got back to my car I saw the ticket and felt really gutted.”

Mr Taylor added: “I’m over the moon to have won this fight.

“It just goes to show it’s important to appeal.”

In his decision report, adjudicator Roy Rowley explained: “The signs and the absence of any surface markings are confusing and ambiguous.

“The ‘controlled zone’ sign does not signify a restricted area in this off-street car park.

“I am unable to find that the contravention occurred as alleged and the council shall not be entitled to enforce this penalty,” added Mr Rowley.

A Chesterfield Borough Council spokesman said: “In this case, the adjudicator was of the opinion that the signs were not suitable.

“The council is taking legal advice and where appropriate will make the necessary changes to the signs as well as or the legal order to continue to protect that part of the town centre from inconsiderate parking.”

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