Couple’s fury over ‘nasty’ Highcliffe Top parking lot fine


WHEN James Riley-Pitt, a man from New Milton, parked on one side of a bay in a Highcliffe parking lot to make it easier for his wife to get out, he never imagined he would come back to find a ticket stuck on his car.

The couple had gone to the nearly empty parking lot at Highcliffe Top, next to the Cliffhanger Cafe, to walk their dog. Mr Riley-Pitt said he broke the white line – but didn’t cross it – to make sure his 79-year-old wife Carol, who is recovering from pelvic surgery, can get out of the car .

“I didn’t want her to have to twist too much if someone parked next to us,” Mr. Riley-Pitt said. “When I came back to see the post, it blew me away – I couldn’t believe its meanness.

James and Carol Riley Pitt

“The park was almost empty and my wheel, while it was on the white line, was not on it. I appealed, not because I care about paying the £ 25, but because I was amazed at how unfair it was.

“I explained the circumstances and attached a series of photos showing where my car was and the almost empty parking lot, but I was fired straight away and was simply told there was no “ground of appeal.” It’s like Putin’s Russia and it makes fun of the appeal process.

Mr Riley-Pitt paid the fine because he wanted the case to be “done”, but he believes parking lot guards should use their discretion.

“I have lived in central London for years and have never experienced anything like this,” he continued. “I’ve seen how much people can park and I know how irritating it is – I agree that people have to obey parking laws. For this reason, I do not assume any freedom myself; my wife and I try to be reasonable and not to infringe on others.

“That’s why I felt so angry when I saw this post because it just hadn’t occurred to me, when I parked in a fucking big parking lot and I veered slightly to the right of the bay into what is wider than average. car I would be fined! “

Mr Riley-Pitt said he and his wife had parked at the spot numerous times over the years and had been fairly regular customers at the Cliffhanger, but since the incident they had avoided Highcliffe altogether.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, I would not stay there again,” Mr. Riley-Pitt said. “There are a lot of other places to go and we just won’t go back – not when there are parking lot guards like that walking around.”

A spokesperson for the BCP Council said evidence had shown that “about a quarter of the vehicle was in the adjacent bay.”

“The parking regulations are displayed on the price panels located inside the parking lot. This includes the regulation that vehicles must be parked entirely in a marked bay. If for some reason the vehicle does not fit or the driver feels that other vehicles would be too close to theirs, then another parking spot will need to be found.

“This regulation is applied regardless of the occupancy rate of the car park and whether or not the parking is paid. This is so that the application is considered fair for all.

“We’re sorry to hear that the client found the board’s response dismissive. However, full details of the options available to the customer have been given, including payment methods and other options to continue to dispute.