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Motorist’s thanks for beating fine

Penny Gorst with her parking fine from Aldi in Cleveleys which she believes she received unfairly

Penny Gorst with her parking fine from Aldi in Cleveleys which she believes she received unfairly

An elderly woman wrongly threatened with a parking fine has thanked The Gazette after it was overturned.

Penny Gorst, from Queensway, Poulton, says she now hopes other victims of dubious fines will come forward to appeal them as a result of her success.

Mrs Gorst, 88, said: “I would like to thank the Gazette and also my council representative Coun Lesley McKay for your support.

“Bringing my case into the media is making people aware of these parking companies.”

Mrs Gorst was given the fine by Chorley-based Parking Eye, which claimed she had erroneously used the Aldi car park, in Cleveleys, despite the fact she was completing her weekly shop there at the time.

The system photographs drivers to see whether they are using the adjacent supermarket or not.

Mrs Gorst has been shopping in Aldi for around 50 minutes on July 13 and received a letter informing her she had been fined £70 around two weeks later.

Other Gazette readers got in touch to share their parking woes, including Alan Hunter, from Levens Close, Poulton, who had faced a similar problem in the same car park earlier this year.

Mr Hunter called for clearer signs to be put up in the car park explaining the system in place.

However, Aldi says it believes the signs are clearly marked as they are.

Mrs Gorst added: “It has been a distressing time for me really.

“I’m hoping it will give people the encouragement to challenge these fines and people won’t feel intimidated or frightened, because it’s a very bullying attitude.”

Aldi has declined to comment on Mrs Gorst’s case.

No-one from Parking Eye was available for comment.

 

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