Royal Parking Kerfuffle UPDATE
18 Jan 2006
Current Royal Parking Ticket Appeal
I tried to make this dull subject interesting at the regular Tuesday Tennis Club post game discussion group, but failed. Consensus seemed to be, just pay up, or, you can’t win, or, why bother, and so on. No one actually said these things but the body language spoke volumes. Yawn.
However I have received persistent interest from correspondence elsewhere so here is the latest.
Westminster Council has made a summary of both sides of the argument for the benefit of the independent adjudicator, and have given themselves the last word.
They point out that I have not provided any evidence that parking is not disallowed in the street where we were parked. Yes, they seem to think it might be possible for me to provide evidence of something that does not exist.
They have again asserted that parking is restricted in that street at that time, but have not provided evidence (photographs) of the whereabouts of the signs that prohibit parking, because they cannot photograph what does not exist. However they have said that such signs do exist and also that parking restrictions are posted on all parking meters and pay and display machines.
But, there are no parking restriction notices, nor are there any parking meters, nor are there any pay and display meters. And no I cannot prove that with a camera.
Westminster Council has provided photographic evidence of my car, which does exist, but that was never in dispute. Yes, they do have a camera. Yes, we do have a car.
We are about to see how this is assessed by the “independent adjudicator” who resides in Westminster.
Westminster Council has not commented on the illegal parking that is allowed in Westminster.
If you want a copy of all the correspondence, please write.