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Customers of the shops on Norwich Road have received parking fines, due to the land in front of the stores now being classed as private property by its owner, as a result of a dispuite between Tesco and the landowner - Warning signs on display. Picture: Matthew Usher.
By rosa mcmahon
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Problems on Norwich Road in Dereham have taken a new turn this week as drivers who are seeking to avoid fines from outside One Stop are being warned they could be issued tickets for parking on the pavement.
A Cambridgeshire couple have won their appeal against a £100 parking ticket issued for the One Stop shop on the Norwich Road in Dereham - because they have never been to the town.
The pair, who have asked not to be named after their fine was lifted, received a ticket through the post at the beginning of February and contacted the Times to say they couldn’t have been in Dereham at the time because they were 60 miles away at an important hospital appointment.
They said: “We wouldn’t even know how to get to Dereham”, and were clearly distressed by the situation.
They had to search online for ‘Norwich Road’, not knowing where it was, before realising the ticket they had been issued wasn’t for their blue Ford car, but a bright yellow one - with a different number plate.
They appealed on the same day as the ticket arrived, and 14 days later were told it had been rejected and that they could not re-appeal. They would have to pay the £100.
The pair said at the time they made four requests to Car Park Solutions for details of what mitigating evidence they could provide to help their case, but had no reply.
The Times contacted the Norwich office of Car Park Solutions on Saturday about the Cambridgeshire couple’s appeal.
They then contacted the couple directly on Sunday to say their fine had been revoked, and offered compensation.
Car Park Solutions said they did not wish to comment on the case.
As the Times has reported, hundreds of people were told to pay up to £100 for parking on private land outside the One Stop shop and Sunflower House Chinese take-away.
Many claimed they did not know the land was privately owned by London-based Zas Investment, and were not aware of the CCTV camera monitoring the eight spaces.
Whilst an agreement for One Stop to buy the land outside their shop from the director of Zas, Zevy Shainfeld, is still struggling to be made, Dereham drivers who are seeking to avoid the £60 fines - which go up to £100 if they are not paid within 14 days - are now facing fines for parking on the pavement.
The county council looks after the county’s roads and have been made aware of the problem facing people in the area.
However a spokesman said they will continue to enforce parking restrictions on the Norwich Road, just like they would anywhere else in the county if they are breached.
A highways engineer, Paul Sellick, in an email obtained by the Times, urged Mr Shainfeld and the One Stop to find an agreement.
Mr Sellick wrote: “Perhaps this is something that could be easily resolved privately between the land owners and the tenant shops to ensure that their issues do not ‘spill out’ onto the highway, as it seems this is the cause of the problems you are reporting.” Mr Shainfeld said last week that One Stop have made one offer which was below what he described as “our estimated market value for what they require”.
He said: “Negotiations have stalled and they [One Stop] have not expressed an interest to make any further progress.”
Last week we reported that One Stop said they are working hard to try and resolve the problem for its customers, and that they “remain prepared to pay a reasonable amount to enable customers to park without incurring charges”.