Barnstaple parking fines may be refunded

DRIVERS hit with parking fines at Sticklepath in Barnstaple could be getting a refund after it emerged they were invalid simply because a piece of Government paperwork was missing. The Gazette has learned that for more than a year parking restrictions at

DRIVERS hit with parking fines at Sticklepath in Barnstaple could be getting a refund after it emerged they were invalid simply because a piece of Government paperwork was missing.

The Gazette has learned that for more than a year parking restrictions at Signal Terrace, Clifton Street and Clifton Terrace have been unenforceable because national road signs have not been ratified by the Department for Transport.

It means anyone issued with one of 60 penalty charge notices across the three streets between May 5 last year and August 27 this year could be due a refund.

Meanwhile, residents who have bought permits to park in their street are chagrined to discover they may have purchased a worthless piece of paper.


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The situationis made even more confusing by the roles played by the local authorities:

The responsibility for on-street parking rests with Devon County Council, but North Devon Council is contracted to issue fines and collect payment before passing it on to the county.

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People seeking a refund for fines need to contact NDC on the details below, but those with permit queries must contact the county.

North Devon Council Leader Des Brailey said as soon as they realised there was a problem, council officers stopped issuing penalty notices.

"Although we collect and deal with the notices, we do it on behalf of the county," he said

"But from our point of view we regret the inconvenience caused to people because of a technicality between Devon County and the Government.

"Quite clearly there's been a wrongdoing and people need the opportunity to get their money back and we now need to address the problem."

A DCC spokesman said the council was awaiting authorisation of the appropriate signs before it reviewed parking permit renewals. They said other restrictions such as single yellow lines and double yellow lines were still enforceable with a penalty charge notice.

Those seeking a penalty notice refund: Contact NDC parking office on (01271) 373362, email parkingoffice@northdevon.gov.uk or write to: The Parking Office, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1EA.

Those with parking permit queries should call DCC on (01271) 388727, email northareahm@devon.gov.uk or write to: Area North Highway Management, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1ED.

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