2018 01 - Help with Car Parking Fines

jpparkingsOne Conservative policy that we find unacceptable, is allowing organisations to bill residents massive charges for minor administrative errors.  

Examples of unacceptable policies are:

Litter: the charging of Havant residents £75 charges for dropping a cigarette butt or allowing a piece of litter to accidentally fall out of your pocket.

Car parking: Issuing huge charges for minor administrative errors in either public or private car parks.

As a councillor, John Perry has helped 15 people recover over £1,500 of unfair charges; the individuals had initially appealed and had their appeal refused..

Littering

I find littering antisocial and support high fines for deliberate littering and fly-tipping. However, what I find unacceptable is the £75 charges for dropping a cigarette butt or allowing a piece of litter to accidentally fall out of your pocket.

The Conservatives have set a policy to specifically target minor transgressions, which is unfair. I want the Tory policy changed to spend more time prosecuting fly-tippers and keeping the Hayling Island Tip open.

Car Parking

Havant residents have been incurring huge charges if:

  • They fail to enter their car registration number into small concealed terminals.
  • They are not computer literate, having never used a computer and do not understand procedures.
  • They mistype their registration number.
  • They are disabled and entitled to park free, but are unaware of new procedures.

As a councillor, John Perry has helped 15 residents recover over £1,500 of unfair charges. These residents had initially appealed and had their appeal refused. One lady I helped had recently lost her husband and had parked for two consecutive days in the car park and incurred £266 of charges, which she could not afford to pay; but I got her money back.

During my time as a councillor, I have learned that everything that is done is political, and the Conservatives dislike it when opposition members gain publicity for their good work, and they absolutely hate it when I help people outside my ward, but I'm not going to turn away people who ask for help.

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