Shoppers' anger at £110 parking fines for staying over 3 hours at Kingswood
SHOPPERS have spoken of their anger after being hit with parking tickets after visiting a popular retail park.
The £110 fines, from the enforcement company ParkingEye, have been sent to drivers who have spent more than three hours at Kingswood Retail Park.
UNHAPPY: Duncan Stewart, whose wife Tarnya received three parking fines after shopping at Kingswood Retail Park. Picture: Simon Kench
The company claims enforcement of the limit has been stepped up after an increase in drivers using the parking spaces as a "park and ride" for the city centre.
The letters sent to drivers warn a debt collection company will be instructed if the fine is not paid.
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Tarnya Stewart, 46, received three parking tickets after shopping at the retail park on December 16, 22 and 29.
Two have since been overturned after Mrs Stewart sent in sales receipts totalling hundreds of pounds.
She is awaiting the results of a third appeal.
She said: "They say the fine is £50 if it is paid within 14 days and after that it goes up to £110.
"The letters were all quite intimidating and threaten court action or getting bailiffs involved if the fine wasn't paid.
"I think that would make people just pay up when they shouldn't have to.
"I spent well over £1,000 on my visits there. There are ten stores so you can easily spend more than three hours there.
"I have been using the park for years and have never been fined before."
A spokesman for ParkingEye said: "The retail park was suffering lots of abuse from motorists parking within the car park, but not shopping within the stores.
"As part of the management of the car park, we operate an audited appeals process, as per the British Parking Association's guidelines, for any motorists who would like to appeal any parking charge they receive."
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