Public Service Announcement : Parking Signs (Retrospective)

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As a follow up to our  Public Service Announcement : Parking Fines   story we bring you an update courtesy of a publicly spirited individual who spotted  – quite by chance because apparently that’s the only way you would discover it – the ‘Notice of Application For Advertisement Consent’ that was rather unhelpfully attached to a lamp-post OUTSIDE the Aldi, Prenton car park.

Significantly the site notice would not be visible to anyone entering or exiting the car park by motor vehicle and is not placed on any of the signs which currently do not have planning permission. Well , Wirral Council wouldn’t give the heads up to the public that the Parking Eye Ltd signs have been in place for years have been operating without proper authority now would they?

What’s more the site notice has been attached with the usual care and attention that you would associate with Wirral Council and the details of the application are all but obscured ( our publicly spirited source has since re-attached the notices so that the occasional dog walker can view at their leisure).

For your benefit the application from Parking Eye Ltd is for :

Car Park Management Signage – 12 signs mounted on lighting columns , signage poles or on the wall of the buildings signage is of 3 sizes, 600mm x 800mm, 700mm  x900mm and 600mm x 700mm facing internally into the car park to advise of the car parks stay allocation as per the British Parking Association (BPA) (Retrospective) 

Isn’t it a shame that the site notices weren’t facing internally into the car park? Note also how the word ‘Retrospective’ is tacked on in brackets – like the afterthought the belated application is itself.

Might we helpfully suggest that any representations about the proposals  should include the observation that as the car park site has operated without any legal authority to impose fines/charges/penalties/whatever , to whom do members of the public who have been cowed into paying apply for a refund? Parking Eye Ltd or Wirral Council for allowing the situation to arise in the first place?

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Public Service Announcement : Parking Fines

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We’ve received this message from one of our readers:

Hi , I’ve just had notification from Wirral Council Planning that Parking Eye the company that issues parking ‘fines’ for Aldi in Prenton have been operating illegally. Parking Eye have never applied for planning permission for the ANPR? Cameras and/or signage.
Therefore anyone who paid £40 for an overstay should request their money to be returned.
Wirral Council are granting Parking Eye retro planning but no mention of prosecution for illegal operations over the last ten years.
CLAIM YOUR ‘fine’ MONEY BACK NOW

ANPR = Automatic Number Plate recognition. If Parking Eye didn’t have planning permission for ANPR is that a Data Protection breach on the part of Wirral Council?

But then Wirral Council surely wouldn’t let someone operate without planning permission for 10 years would they ?  Of course they would ! As we’ve previously reported on the illegal marquees at Thornton Manor , this would seem to be par for the course when it comes to the impotent  and incompetent Planning Committee. Read the fully story here