Driver slapped with £100 parking fine after ‘four minute’ trip to chemist

A disgruntled driver has told how he was slapped with a £100 parking fine after taking a 'four minute' trip to the chemist to pick up a prescription.

Phil Chester parked his car outside a newsagents while he nipped into the pharmacy, but said a few days later he received a letter in the post informing him that he had been fined.

Mr Chester was told that the spaces were solely for people using the Crystal News newsagents on Cambridge Avenue in Bottesford, Lincolnshire, and not the surrounding stores as he had initially thought.

"I can't believe how fast it was – I walked the couple of yards to the chemists, went straight to the desk and when I came out I had already been given a ticket," Phil told Grimsby Live.

"One of the employees in the newsagents warned me that someone had been taking pictures of my car when I got back.

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"A few days later, a fine turned up for £100.

"I had been there for a maximum of four minutes. I was the only person in the car park at the time as well."

Unbeknownst to Mr Chester, most of the car park is owned by Crystal News.

Drivers who use the car park to visit any of the other nearby outlets – including  and Indian restaurant or the Lloyds Pharmacy – are subject to fines. This applies even if they had also visited the newsagents.

Phil's fine will be reduced to £60 if he pays within 14 days.

He said: "I understand what they are doing is legal, but it seems pointless for them to enforce it for people parking here for a few minutes while it's empty.

"I'm not sure whether I will appeal it or pay the fine and get it over and done with."

In the space of 10 minutes, Scunthorpe Live saw at least three people do the same thing as Phil, although none of them received tickets.

A Crystal News employee said: "The shop has had problems at night with people going to the restaurant and parking outside the newsagents instead.

"A parking firm was hired to stop this and they have started enforcing it more in the day as well.

"The tickets have nothing to do with the shop now, we don't give them out."

Enforcement is carried out by Vehicle Control Services.

A representative for the company said: "The private car park is solely for use by customers of Crystal News whilst on the premises.  This is clearly covered by the terms and conditions as set out on signage at the car park.

"We are satisfied that a parking contravention was correctly identified as the driver was observed walking away from the car park, heading for the pharmacy, and was therefore in breach of the advertised terms and conditions.

"The Parking Charge Notice provided details of what to do next, including our appeals process."

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