LETTER: Parking fine – but I’d paid

I recently visited Eastbourne, staying at a hotel on the front near the Wish Tower. Car parking was roadside but facilitated by the hotel issuing pre-paid vouchers, to be displayed on the car dashboard which I did for the three days of my stay. I was consequently surprised to find a parking infringement notice on my windscreen on the second day of my visit. The only suggestion from the hotel was that, through unfamiliarity with the parking system, I had not written the name of the hotel in the box provided on the voucher. On appeal to the parking authority this proved to be the reason for them issuing my infringement notice, and they insisted on the fine being paid. So Eastbourne remains the only place I have visited in which one can pay the fee to park one’s car, park correctly in an allowed zone, not exceed any parking time limit or commit any other parking offence, yet still receive a parking infringement notice because of a bureaucratic insistence on a ticker-box being filled in. This does not recommend Eastbourne as a destination for a casual visitor, and this is the advice I shall be giving my friends and associates. A pity, because otherwise you have a nice town.

Richard Ryall

Alvechurch, Worcs

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