Purley residents in uproar over fines for parking outside their homes

Croydon Guardian: Richard Swiatkiewicz said getting a parking ticket was bizarre. Richard Swiatkiewicz said getting a parking ticket was bizarre.

A group of residents are up in arms after receiving fines for parking on the access to their drives, something they have been doing for up to 40 years.

Several car owners on Riddlesdown Road, in Purley, woke up on September 22 to find their cars had been ticketed.

Residents say this is the first time they have ever received a ticket for parking on the access to their drives.

The tickets were issued for parking on a footpath but residents claim they have never been informed that putting their cars there was illegal.

Richard Swiatkiewicz, 45, said the decision to give tickets out was bizarre and that parking on the road was not a good alternative.

He said: "I have been living here eight years and I have never been given a ticket.

"If I park on the road I basically block my neighbours in their drive as the road is so narrow.

"Croydon Council want us to park on the road, but the way I was parked was not blocking anybody, it was not doing any harm. I don’t see what the benefit of it is, apart from making money.

"I have basically been fined for parking in front of my house."

Pat Sellar, 83, has lived on the road for 43 years said there should have been more communication from the council. He said: "For the council to suddenly plaster a fine on your windscreen without any prior warning, it is not the way to behave is it? This is downright crass.

"If there is a change in the regulations, then tell us."

Simon Collins, 34, has lived in Riddlesdown Road for seven years and parked his car at the same spot each night.

He said: "We have never been told what we were doing was wrong. There has never been any communication from the council about it.

"I can’t understand that after years and years of living here, they have suddenly decided to give out tickets."

A council spokesman said: "It is against parking regulations to park on a footpath or verge unless there are signs and lines indicating that it is allowed."

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12:17pm Thu 4 Oct 12

GR-London says...

The residents should get legal advice, I was once told that when access is provided to a property it then legally becomes part of the highway.

These parking tickets may have been issued illegally. If they have I would claim all my costs time and expenses back, as well as the ticket refund.

Check it out.

Don't expect an once of decency out of anyone that generates cash from issuing parking tickets.
The residents should get legal advice, I was once told that when access is provided to a property it then legally becomes part of the highway. These parking tickets may have been issued illegally. If they have I would claim all my costs time and expenses back, as well as the ticket refund. Check it out. Don't expect an once of decency out of anyone that generates cash from issuing parking tickets. GR-London
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2:45pm Thu 4 Oct 12

mr-bjp says...

The picture of the car above parked on the drive access is neither parked on a footpath nor a verge. It is on a drive access which is not a footpath and is not touching any part of the grassed areas, which is the verge.
The picture of the car above parked on the drive access is neither parked on a footpath nor a verge. It is on a drive access which is not a footpath and is not touching any part of the grassed areas, which is the verge. mr-bjp
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9:32pm Thu 4 Oct 12

MikeyF says...

Had the same and proved it was the lead up to my drive and had my ticket overturned. I know it was a few years ago, but don't allow the council to win!
Had the same and proved it was the lead up to my drive and had my ticket overturned. I know it was a few years ago, but don't allow the council to win! MikeyF
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2:04pm Fri 5 Oct 12

frogeye61 says...

The same problem happened in Upper Norwood a couple of years ago. We had parked on the cross over for over 15 years and like residents in Purley we suddenly got a ticket no warning was given. Despite many complaints to the council and local councillors nothing changed. Our road remains more restricted now as a result with all the cars parking on the street. Hardly progress!!
The same problem happened in Upper Norwood a couple of years ago. We had parked on the cross over for over 15 years and like residents in Purley we suddenly got a ticket no warning was given. Despite many complaints to the council and local councillors nothing changed. Our road remains more restricted now as a result with all the cars parking on the street. Hardly progress!! frogeye61
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9:59am Mon 8 Oct 12

commenting scoffer says...

...croydon council again eh ? no wonder people are moving away!!
...croydon council again eh ? no wonder people are moving away!! commenting scoffer
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