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Lincoln Xmas Market parking ticket row

Car owners who received parking tickets during this year's Lincoln Christmas Market are being invited to appeal them. Parking enforcement officers handed out 389 tickets over the four days of the Christmas Market.

But following a consultation between Lincolnshire County Council, who hired the officers, and the City of Lincoln Council, who were in charge of road closures and resident permits, a decision has been made to look at all the tickets handed out in this area to residents .

The two councils are now working with the parking contractor to find out why tickets were given out to people who were parked legitimately. To appeal a parking ticket go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parkingenforcement and click on Pay or challenge your PCN online at the bottom of the page,

Fine mess in Sheffield

Parking tickets worth up to £20,000 have been written off by Sheffield Council over the last six months because the authority has not complied with appeal rules. The council has been forced to cancel 278 tickets where it failed to respond to an appeal within a statutory 56-day deadline.

The problem has been blamed on a new computer system, staff absence due to sickness and an ‘unusually-high number of appeals’. The tickets were each worth £25 to £35 in fines if paid within two weeks of being issued or after an appeal has been lost, otherwise up to £70.

The main causes of the delay in dealing with appeals was introduction of a new computer system for dealing with penalty charges and people on sickness absence, combined with an unusually high number of appeals.

“We have dealt with these issues and now meet all statutory targets for appeals.”

– Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for transport

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