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Parking wardens vow to continue crackdown at Lincoln shopping centre

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

  • Fine outlook : Fines of £100 are now being dished out to motorists at the Carlton Centre after the site's owners employed a private security firm

  • Warning sign: Shoppers have complained about the new car parking regime at The Carlton Centre, Lincoln. Pictures: Anna Draper

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Wardens have vowed to continue fining drivers who break parking rules at a Lincoln shopping centre despite a string of complaints.

Fines of £100 are now being dished out to motorists at the Carlton Centre after the site's owners employed a private security firm.

Leeds-based UKCPS began managing parking at the centre at the end of August.

UKCPS manager Peter Haswell would not be drawn on how many people have now been told to pay £100. But he said the bulk of tickets were issued to able-bodied people parking in disabled bays.

"One of the parking conditions is that people are using the shops and facilities on site," said Mr Haswell.

"People must understand that spaces are put there because the tenant wants to provide them for their customers. If people park there and walk their dogs they are taking up available spaces for customers. When motorists park up they enter a contract and agree a charge if they fail to meet the conditions, which are clearly displayed on our signs."

Not displaying a badge in a disabled bay, using a mother and child space with children aged over 12 and parking and walking off-site will result in a £100 levy, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

"People can appeal and we will consider mitigating circumstances," said Mr Haswell.

"If they can prove they were shopping at the centre at the time the ticket was issued, then we will look again at it."

The Echo is aware of one woman who was charged £100 for leaving the site to walk her dog, despite shopping at the Carlton Centre daily.

It is understood the ticket has since been withdrawn.

Another motorist has accused a car park attendant of being "ticket happy", apparently slapping a charge on a car as the owner left Lidl with a trolley full of shopping.

One woman, who walks with a stick, told the Echo she was ticketed for parking her husband's car in a disabled space.

She said she had forgotten to swap her blue badge over from her own car.

John East, 67, of Clarina Street, off Monks Road, Lincoln, said a common sense approach is needed.

"If someone is clearly disabled, the world is not going to end if they're not displaying a blue badge," said Mr East, a retired lab technician.

"If someone is absolutely breaking the rules, then fine, do something about it."

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  • Puff1ns  |  March 09 2013, 5:41PM

    I have just received the 'letter'. I parked in the evening to Boots pharmacy. I was in a disabled spot but there were only a few cars in the car park. I didn't think I'd get a £60 for walking to get my prescription and straight back to the car. I would understand if I was blocking all the empty disabled spaces. I would also understand if I was blocking the second to last disabled space in the car park. I'd also understand if it was during shopping hours where places were few. The scheme has also been widened to the road I live on. As I house share at the moment, my house mate let me out of my drive with my car at 7.58am and put hers by the drive but on the road. She walked back into the house to brush her teeth and get her bags. At, honestly, 8.03am, she was pleading with the attendant not to give her a ticket! Ruthless! Is this the atmosphere that shopkeepers in the Carlton Centre want for good business? Where are the cameras? Why are the signs in the Carlton Centre warning of attendants like other car parking signs? Why make life so difficult for the shop keepers to encourage shopping, for shoppers to enjoy shopping? Who's asked UKCPS to take over the parking control? I would really like to contact them and let them know what is really happening.

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 28 2012, 7:31PM

    @ phil189. Don't acknowledge or pay the fine. The best thing you can do is screw it up, throw it in the bin and do the same with any other correspondence you might get from them. My mate get 9 a week from down near Dawson's in town and has never paid them (UKCPS) a penny. Also see http://tinyurl.com/9lstjyq

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  • phil189  |  September 28 2012, 3:06AM

    i got a parking ticket yesterday at the carlton centre having parked up at the far end past Lidl, iv been doing this for many years whilst taking my dogs for a walk, i must admit i hadn't heard of the new parking rules AND believe it or not i missed the signs, i just didnt think there would be rules. theres always plenty of spaces as i often shop at the centre but not recently due to illness and visits to family up north so as normal i drove up, parked in usual slot, like so many other dog walkers do then walk dogs. im gutted to have got a parking fine, my first ever since i started driving in 1979, iv never broken any driving rules, speeding etc and yet im penalised for taking my dog, only one now as i lost the other to cancer six weeks ago, for a daily walk. this has really upset me but what can be done, i cant appeal as it says on the ticket 'leaving the site', seems they've targeted many others with these tactics, why have they done this with the wardens, its not as if the car park get too full even at peak times plus i actually do shop even after dog walking . . . shame on who thought up this scheme but i guess they dont care as its all money making for em

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 25 2012, 11:53PM

    Bloody post error messages. and now 7 posts.lol

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 25 2012, 11:41PM

    Hi

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 25 2012, 11:40PM

    It's about time someone got a facemask and a baseball bat and showed these sly,dirty scumbag wardens and Mr Haswell. Some real p*ssed off justice.

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 25 2012, 11:22PM

    Someone needs to get a face mask, baseball bat and share there feelings with these dirty, sly wardens!

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 25 2012, 11:15PM

    Someone needs to get a face-mask, baseball bat and share there feelings with these dirty, sly wardens!

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 25 2012, 11:14PM

    Someone needs to get a face-mask, baseball bat and share there feelings with these ******* wardens!

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  • RegularFreak  |  September 25 2012, 11:11PM

    Someone needs to get a face-mask, baseball bat and share there feelings with these ******* wardens!

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