A BUSINESSMAN has been left fuming after being given a £300 ticket for parking for two minutes while he asked for directions.

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Gary Bennett was lost on the Ransomes Europark and pulled over to the side of the road while he went to speak to people at a nearby premises to seek help.

He then carried on his way but a few days later received a letter from Proserve Enforcement Solutions demanding £300 because he had not obeyed the signs prohibiting any trespass, stopping or waiting.

Mr Bennett, of Grimston Lane, Trimley St Martin, who runs GJ Bennett Groundworks, said “I just don’t think that is on and I am very angry about it.

“If I had parked there for hours and it had been a £30 or £40 fine, like a lot of drivers I would just accept that I had missed the signs and parked in the wrong place and paid up.

“But £300? It’s ridiculous, crazy money – that’s enough to pay my van insurance.

“I will not pay it and I am going to fight this all the way.”

Mr Bennett has taken advice from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and officers at Suffolk County Council’s trading standards department.

“The letter I received from Proserve said I had damaged the area where I parked and that was why I needed to pay the fine. I have asked them to give me proof of the damage involved,” he said.

In a letter, Mark Lowne, of Proserve, based in Unity Street, Ipswich, said there were more than 120 warning signs at Ransomes Europark applying to both visitors and tenants of the estate, clearly warning of the consequences of parking.

A photograph showed Mr Bennett’s van parked on a bend, half on the path, outside the Bed Factory.

“Our client has an obligation to all the tenants on the estate, to maintain unencumbered access to the properties protecting the health and safety of not only the tenants but visitors to the estate,” he said.

■ Is £300 too much for a parking fine? Give us your views below.

17 comments

  • its only a speculative invoice. bin it.

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    mr angry

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Just like Mr Plod said, you dont have to answer these companies, the letter they send you is an invoice not a fine, take a look at this video. https:www.youtube.comwatch?v=hU5zFioDYO8

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    chris sheppard

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Evening Star this happened in Ransomes Europark not Trimley

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    Mary Mary

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • how about the council outsource the ipswich parking to this firm as they are doing a hopeless job of enforcing parking around ipswich. As a delivery driver around ipswich i'm finding harder and harder to make deliveries in ipswich and seem to be given abuse because of illegaly parked cars almost on a daily basis

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    returning fan

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • As other post have said. It's not a fine but an invoice.been here before.do not contact them,ignore all correspondence and threats of bailiffs and court. Eventually they will disappear sorted...

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    nikkk

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • There is always one who thinks everyone should be tarred with the same brush. Not all motorists break the law deliberately, this was a case of lost and asking for directions and stopped for around 2 minutes, so £300 is ridiculous and totally unfair

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    meg

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Well clearly he would say he was only two minutes wouldn't he! The signs are very clear and there are plenty of parking places to pull into so if he parked the van where he shouldn't have and walked away from it he has no one to blame but himself. It may be a high fine but the signs were there, just because you don't agree with a rule doesn't mean you can break it!

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    MZH

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • As others have said, it's an invoice, not a "fine." He should ignore it and if they take him to court they have to prove £300 of losses due to his parking. It'll get thrown out in an instant!

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    David Game

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • They must be making an absolute fortune on a daily basis at this rate given the amount of vehicles that are always parked incorrectly on Ransomes estate, it's ridiculous, ignore it or fight to the end!!

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    Irene Wragg

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • 120 signs enough said really. You chose to disobey the rules you pay the fine pure and simple. If no signs had bee displayed he has a case to argue it but 120 is just stupid really. I cannot see what his problem is. 1 second of 1 year as soon as the van is switched off the offence has occurred.

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    the opinion man

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • This appears to be a NON official demand for money. Therefore a civil matter. Write to Lowne and demand they take you to the Small Claims Court. They are obliged to produce (Discover) documentary supporting evidence. A Judge will decide on the fairness of the fine or whether there's a case to answer. Check online and read previous case law in similar incidents.

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    dinosaur detective

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Its a speculative invoice. you should never correspond with them at any time. bin it and forget it. its non enforceable. also trimley is a fair way from ransomes ???

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    mr angry

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Legally he DOES NOT have to pay - it's an invoice, not a fine, which can only be issued by the council or the police. Since he never entered into a contract with the premises owners to pay for parking, he can cheerfully tell them where to stick it.

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I got one of those for stopping whilst waiting for a passenger. I didn't pay it and have no intentions of paying it. No damage - no fee. Anyway, as far as I know only a land owner can take matter to court and only for damages.

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    Roman Rowlands

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Funny how mine and other comment about Proserve have been removed, especially as one speaking from experience of them. What's the point of asking for views if you are going to be selective? This 'enforcement' company's reputation is well known. What happended to freedom on speech? Print this pelase Archant!

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    Lakota S

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • by law any parking enforcement company have to give you 15 mins before they can ticket ur viehcle, i live where there are parking enforcers about all the time and even a traffic warden will tell ya about the 15 mins.

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    gee knock

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Typical motorist. The rules don't apply to me and I'm entitled to ignore them if I want. Just like those who think "if I'm reversing the wrong way down a one-way street it's OK", or "if I've only got two wheels on the pavement it doesn't matter than nobody can walk past without struggling".

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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