25th Sep, 2018

Visitors to relief road exhibition stung by parking fines

Laura Kearns 12th Mar, 2018

AN EXHIBITION about a new relief road in Stratford saw more than 100 attendees stung by parking fines.

The consultation into Stratford Relief Road was held by Cala Homes at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on February 8.

But more than 100 locals were left reeling after receiving a fine through the post saying they owed £100 to a parking company.

Coun Peter Moorse was one of those hit by a fine when he parked at the hotel in Bridge Foot. He said: “A large number of people received notification through the post of a parking fine.

“I think a lot of people were caught out because they just went straight to the exhibition and just assumed you could use the hotel car park.”

But the Crowne Plaza has contacted the company which operates the car park and agreed any fines issued to those who attended the event will be waived.

Coun Peter Barnes received complaints from some of those who received tickets.

He said: “After talking to a number of people I found about 100 were fined, including four councillors. Some with vans were only there for 12 minutes and received £100 fine.”

And the Crowne Plaza said anyone who received a ticket should contact them to have the fine overturned.

A spokeswoman told the Observer: “The car park at Crowne Plaza in Stratford is operated by an external company. However, we have an arrangement where guests can park their cars there by registering their details in reception and with meeting organisers.

“In this instance, despite being registered, fines were mistakenly generated. The hotel immediately worked with the car owners and the external company to have these fines waived and to rectify the issue. If anyone is yet to have their fine waived, they are welcome to contact the hotel with their fine reference number and our team will help to get this sorted as soon as possible.”

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