Drivers fined in parking mix-up

A parking company has issued fines to motorists on Beven Grove despite the road being adopted by the Wakefield Council in November.
A parking company has issued fines to motorists on Beven Grove despite the road being adopted by the Wakefield Council in November.
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A PRIVATE company wrongly issued penalty notices and displayed an “unlawful” warning sign in a parking mix-up near Pinderfields Hospital.

Staff and patients were issued with tickets by UK Parking Control Ltd on Beven Grove, where it does not have permission to operate.

The council adopted the road and surrounding streets as public highways last November.

But the company, which says it was not notified, was issuing tickets until February 24 and still had a warning sign on Chaloner Grove, one of the council’s streets, yesterday.

Rachel Hall was among hospital staff who received final reminder letters from the company this month. She also received a letter dated April 13 which said her appeal against the penalty had failed.

Mrs Hall said: “They said they had investigated the fine but they were right and I owed them £90.”

UK Parking Control cancelled Mrs Hall’s penalty when the Express contacted it yesterday. The company said fines issued in error would be cancelled and it would remove any signs which should not be there.

A spokeswoman said: “UK Parking Control Ltd did not receive notification from our client nor the local council with regards to the adopted highway. The last charge we issued in this area was on February 24 and I can confirm that since being notified no further charges have been issued.”

Wakefield Council said it adopted Beven Grove, Tuke Grove, Ashworth Square, Chaloner Square and Pinders Square, and any UK Parking Control Signs in these streets would be unlawful.

A council spokeswoman said: “We have asked for someone to go out to check these roads and we will take appropriate action if needed.”

Motorists can contact UK Parking Control Ltd on 0844 8008710.