Chester City Council try to extort money from me

I wrote a while back at how I received a £50 parking ticket when I visited Chester, and the two pay machines didn’t work when I tried to pay. I wasn’t the only one, another woman at the time couldn’t pay and there were several cars without tickets.

I sent an email to protest about the fine, as there really was no way I could have bought a ticket, and I’ve just had a reply. They’ve said they’ve investigated, and found that the machines were working and that I have to pay the fine within seven days.

Here’s the reply:

Thank you for your letter

I have considered your appeal but I am satisfied the parking ticket should not be cancelled.

I have checked my records and there were no machine faults reported by the Patrol Officers or by other motorists for this car park. Our Patrol Officers issued no other parking tickets for this offence to support your appeal.

Please pay the £50 parking ticket within 7 days from the above date. Send your payment to Parking Services in the pre-paid envelope. Cheques should be made payable to Chester City Council.

So they’re calling me a liar? Tell you what, if they can produce CCTV footage of me turning up and walking off without trying to pay, not only will I pay the fine, but they can have my car.

I will phone them up on Monday morning and rip them apart. I am not paying this fine because the machines didn’t work.

They are lying, thieving bastards and their attempt to extort money from me won’t work. It’s the last time I ever go to Chester to spend money, their parking services try to steal money from you in a sting.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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