New warning over parking at Chesterfield's Ravenside Retail Park
Chesterfield’s MP has warned motorists to check parking rules at the town’s Ravenside Retail Park before leaving their cars at the site.
Toby Perkins recently met with UKCPS Ltd, the company that manages the car park, which is for customers of Debenhams, HobbyCraft, Asda Living, Maplins, Currys, PC World, Next, Pets at Home, Carphone Warehouse and Pizza Hut.
Labour MP Mr Perkins said: “I have had many people contact me after receiving a parking ticket at the car park at Ravenside Retail Park.
“The vast majority of these have been issued as a result of parking at Ravenside Retail Park but then leaving the site.
“When I was meeting with UKCPS, I was shown the signs that they have placed at the pedestrian exits to the car park to warn that people should not leave the site and several people left their cars and walked off the site.
“They may be receiving parking tickets in the near future.
“I want to raise awareness in Chesterfield that this car park is only for those using Ravenside Retail Park to ensure that people are not inadvertently breaking the conditions of parking and receiving parking fines.”
The rules for the car park state that vehicles may park for a maximum of three hours, the driver of the vehicle must remain on the site throughout the period of parking, vehicles must be parked within a single marked bay, vehicles parked in Parent and Child Bays must be accompanied by a child under 12 years of age and vehicles parked in disabled bays need to be clearly displaying a Blue Badge.
If you feel that you have been given a ticket incorrectly there is an appeals process through the issuing company.
If you do not agree with their decision you can take it to the independent appeals service, POPLA.
However, you will need to provide evidence that you have not broken the rules of the car park rather than disagreeing with the rules.
Last year, Chesterfield resident Philip Court told us he had been fined despite ‘not leaving the site’ at any stage.