Living in London is notoriously expensive, but now residents of the outer lying suburb of Surbiton are being charged for Parking in their own driveways.
A stand-off has ensued with the local Council, after people living on one particular street were repeatedly fined £110 each day for leaving their cars parked on their own property.
Tickets started to appear on car windscreens over the weekend and then into the week, despite the cars being clearly parked on private drives.
The local council, instead of immediately rescinding the offending tickets, have demanded that the owners of the affected cars provide documentation proving they are the property owners. To date, some of the residents have fines totalling as much as £550 per week.
Sue Cunningham was fined after she had left her car parked in front of her garage. The mother of three now has three tickets she intends to contest. She said, “I feel like I’m being harassed. I’m parking on my driveway and I’ve had three tickets since Friday.
“My neighbours witnessed the parking attendant putting tickets on cars and they even called the police because they were so angry but police told them they would have to contact the council.
“I’m planning on writing a letter about it and it’s very frustrating because you can’t speak to an actual human at the council.
Sue, who lives with her husband Andrea, and her son Alberto, added: “I received a ticket on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Monday morning.
“I am angry and feel harassed because you just don’t know if you’ll get another one. I owe more than £300 to the council and I’ve done nothing wrong.
“The second time they gave me a ticket they even put it on a different part of the windscreen so that I wouldn’t see it immediately.
“It’s outrageous, we’re not parking unsafely and they are using a technicality that there is not a pavement on the other side of the road to where we park so they think we can’t park there.
David Gilbert, lives on the same street, he has now found his Audi ticketed on three separate occasions after leaving his car parked on his driveway. He said, “It is bemusing, after the first one I thought it was obviously some kind of mistake and would easily be sorted out.
“Then the fines just kept on coming. When you try and talk to someone at the council they tell you to talk to parking services but they just tell you that you have been photographed parking illegally and you will have to contest it like everyone else does.
“I’m essentially being fined £110 a day for parking on my own driveway.”
The road in Surbiton, south London, where houses are priced at £730,000, is exclusively for permit holders and parking bay enforcement. On parts of the road, yellow lines have been added to stop people parking in front of driveways or blocking garages. Offenders who flaunt this, or do not have a permit are fined £110, reduced to £55 if paid within 14 days.
David Gilbert added, “One of the neighbours spotted the traffic warden and asked what he was doing but you just can’t get an answer from them. We even got a ticket on Saturday when the parking restrictions are not even in place. It is unbelievable really.”
When Kingston council were asked to comment, they initially said that the residents were parked illegally across grass verges, but have now backtracked and said they will cancel the fines.
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