Parking fines cancelled

MOTORISTS caught out by “confusion” at a Leamington town centre parking bay will have their parking fines cancelled.

Signs warning people that parking spaces on part of Chandos Street have been suspended will be made more visible and more cones marking out the area, to replace stolen ones, will be placed.

Warwick District Council will also consider putting “yellow suspension bags” over parking ticket machines in future instances where parking is suspended.

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The spaces between Chandos Street car park and Chandos Court sheltered housing complex have been paid for and reserved for contractors working on the building.

A town centre worker, who said her parents got a fine despite a machine taking money and issuing tickets, and whose case was highlighted in last week’s Courier, said she was “very pleased” with the decision to cancel fines.

She added: “Nobody would park there if they knew they were going to get a ticket.”

A council spokesman said: “We are satisfied that at the time of the suspension being initiated the correct procedure was followed.

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“We acknowledge that through the course of the summer the bushes have grown, causing some of the signage to be obscured, which has amounted to some confusion.

“Where this is the case the Penalty Charge Notice will be cancelled.

“We apologise for any confusion and inconvenience this has caused.