Another appeal won against ‘wholly inadequate’ parking bay markings in Grantham

How Vanessa Paterson's car was parked when she received the ticket.
How Vanessa Paterson's car was parked when she received the ticket.
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Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has revealed that 66 penalty charge notices (PCNs) have been issued in Westgate and Wide Westgate for crossing the markings, of which more than a quarter, 18, have been overturned on appeal.

The Journal previously reported on how a visitor to the town, Philip Parker of Thaxted, Essex, successfully appealed the fine he received while parked on Wide Westgate.

Another example of how parking bay markings are being missed, taken by Vanessa to form part of her evidence for the tribunal.

Another example of how parking bay markings are being missed, taken by Vanessa to form part of her evidence for the tribunal.

An adjudicator, Jonathan Middleton, from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, said: “I consider that the markings were inadequate to inform motorists as to the extent of the bay in question.

“They are not sufficiently different from the other blocks used here to indicate the boundary of a bay.”

This week, another PCN recipient, Grantham resident Vanessa Paterson, won her appeal for the same reason, after attending a tribunal in Nottingham on Tuesday.

“I did think given the result of the other appeal involving that man, they would drop my case, but I ended up having to go to a hearing,” she said.

“As soon as they saw my photos, they said that the markings weren’t clear and I won the case.

“No one from LCC was there.”

After parking in the bay at 11.47am on August 17, Miss Paterson, of Helen’s Close, left her car for an hour and 10 minutes, within the two-hour limit.

However, she returned to her vehicle to find a PCN on her windscreen, stating that her car was not parked correctly within the bay markings.

In a summary of the case, adjudicator George Lubega stated: “The only way in which a motorist is able to know where to park is a combination of the zone entry signs and the differential stone markings for each bay.

“These consist of a single stone placed close to the side of the carriageway within the granite setts of the bay and of a slightly different colour to the granite setts used for the remainder of the bay.

“The clearest examples of these are contained in the photographs submitted by Miss Paterson.

“In my view these are wholly inadequate to provide information to a motorist as to the delineation of the bay.

“If, as appears to be the case, the only signage is that provided at the zone entry points, that signage regime is not adequate on its own at the point at which a motorist would park.”

* What do you think? Should the bay boundaries be painted? Or are the setts adequate? Email: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk