Parking fines to be refunded for Market Car Park, in Northwich

Northwich Guardian: Fines will be refunded for the Market Car Park Fines will be refunded for the Market Car Park

COUNCIL bosses have been forced to cancel parking fines and give drivers their money back because the signs were not good enough in a Northwich car park.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) plans to install new signage at the Market Car Park, in Watling Street, after complaints from traders and shoppers that the rules were not clear.

The car park is only open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

On market days, which fall on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, the car park is for market traders only, who have to display a permit in their vehicle.

The only exception is for Blue Badge holders who can use the car park every day, with their badge correctly displayed.

Since CWAC took over the responsibility for parking enforcement from police in November 2013, a number of motorists have been stung by fines.

Weaverham woman Janet Wilson said: “Once I found it, the sign I missed on entering, that had been turned the other way, does not look like a official sign just says ‘market traders only on market days’ with no mention of being closed to other vehicles and gives no warning of a penalty.

“The other sign down the other end of the car park towards the banks is so high it is untrue.

“I’ve since been past the market car park during the day and there were lots of cars parked that had fell victim also with the yellow penalty notice stickers on their windows.

“We all cannot be stupid for parking there and not realising it is restricted?”

Clr Lynn Riley, CWAC’s executive member for localities, said: “Since the council took over this responsibility, we have been contacted by traders and shoppers who have told us they were unclear about the regulations because the signs were not visible enough.

“We are grateful to those people who took the time to raise this with us and hope that the new signage makes the car park easier for everyone to use.

“In the interests of fairness, we have now cancelled all fines issued by the council to vehicles parked on market days and no further signs will be issued until the new signs are in place.”

To arrange a refund for a fine paid under these circumstances ring CWAC on 0300 123 7024 or email parking@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

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12:58pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Vikki N says...

About time! We put forward to the council an appeal following a parking fine, we sent images of the poor signage on entering which is low to the ground and not at eye level, the sign warning of a fine( on returning to the car park) was pointed towards the market and high up the post it was attached to, out of view. Market traders were also parked on public walkways obstructing pedestrians, again photographs supplied. The council ignored all images supplied and made excuses for the traders and for those who issue the fines. Sounds like One rule for the public and a different rule for the traders to me! Reluctantly the fine was paid, On passing the car park today we notice the sign has been removed! Then this article appears in the Guardian...... We have to chase for our fines to be refunded.. I would think that the council should access their database and issue automatic refunds to those who have paid the fine, without delay!!
About time! We put forward to the council an appeal following a parking fine, we sent images of the poor signage on entering which is low to the ground and not at eye level, the sign warning of a fine( on returning to the car park) was pointed towards the market and high up the post it was attached to, out of view. Market traders were also parked on public walkways obstructing pedestrians, again photographs supplied. The council ignored all images supplied and made excuses for the traders and for those who issue the fines. Sounds like One rule for the public and a different rule for the traders to me! Reluctantly the fine was paid, On passing the car park today we notice the sign has been removed! Then this article appears in the Guardian...... We have to chase for our fines to be refunded.. I would think that the council should access their database and issue automatic refunds to those who have paid the fine, without delay!! Vikki N
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9:51pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Concerned Public says...

Well done CWAC council. Northwich is like a ghost town anyway and to close a convenient car park to the public (convenient because of the ridiculous one way system that must have cost us millions) is a great idea and will surely attract people to the town centre! The market traders arrive before the shoppers and most leave before the static shops have closed, therefore, so the public do not really affect them, apply peak time limits would be a good idea so that the traders can get their spots and the public can take advantage of the free spaces after. Any method of getting people to town is a benefit. This is just another joke in the town planning mess, what is the benefit when nobody is coming to town anyway, invest in getting shops back in the town centre rather than empty units with display units in that will not attract people. Instead of wasting good taxpayers money on new junctions to justify the new road layout, where are the results from the success of that? I have lived around Northwich all my life and apart from Christmas the traffic ran fine, why invest in what everybody I talk to refers as a stupid waste of money, take a look at the roads in the surrounding areas, they need the investment! We have a perfectly good sports venue at Moss Farm and the council decide to dilute its value by moving the swimming pool to the centre of town, ah well we may sell more swimming gear in the shops. Its about time to public had some say in where our money is wasted. so what started as a response to stupid parking fines turned into a general rant, I know everybody will not share my views but its good to have debate and varying opinions, I just feel this council delivers what it thinks we want rather than asking us what we want!
Well done CWAC council. Northwich is like a ghost town anyway and to close a convenient car park to the public (convenient because of the ridiculous one way system that must have cost us millions) is a great idea and will surely attract people to the town centre! The market traders arrive before the shoppers and most leave before the static shops have closed, therefore, so the public do not really affect them, apply peak time limits would be a good idea so that the traders can get their spots and the public can take advantage of the free spaces after. Any method of getting people to town is a benefit. This is just another joke in the town planning mess, what is the benefit when nobody is coming to town anyway, invest in getting shops back in the town centre rather than empty units with display units in that will not attract people. Instead of wasting good taxpayers money on new junctions to justify the new road layout, where are the results from the success of that? I have lived around Northwich all my life and apart from Christmas the traffic ran fine, why invest in what everybody I talk to refers as a stupid waste of money, take a look at the roads in the surrounding areas, they need the investment! We have a perfectly good sports venue at Moss Farm and the council decide to dilute its value by moving the swimming pool to the centre of town, ah well we may sell more swimming gear in the shops. Its about time to public had some say in where our money is wasted. so what started as a response to stupid parking fines turned into a general rant, I know everybody will not share my views but its good to have debate and varying opinions, I just feel this council delivers what it thinks we want rather than asking us what we want! Concerned Public
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10:41pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Brackendale1 says...

As the person in this article who got ticketed its nice the council have seen sense for a change.

Shame they did not do the same on the one way system in town. Like most people I would love to know what the cost is so far for altering all the junctions, signs etc surely the money could have been much better spent ? how can they justify such vast expenditure when the traffic system worked before with no problems. If its not broken then why mend it ?
As the person in this article who got ticketed its nice the council have seen sense for a change. Shame they did not do the same on the one way system in town. Like most people I would love to know what the cost is so far for altering all the junctions, signs etc surely the money could have been much better spent ? how can they justify such vast expenditure when the traffic system worked before with no problems. If its not broken then why mend it ? Brackendale1
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