A Doncaster café owner and her customers have had a real bellyful – after being served with parking fines.
Now Bev Georgiou, owner of Four Seasons, has decided to dish the dirt on the firm responsible for the bills and vowed not to pay up after claiming payment machines were faulty. She said: “They’ve not been working properly ever since they were installed.
“People have been putting money in the machine, thinking they’ve paid and then getting a fine saying they’ve not paid enough to park.”
Bev uses the car park, off Young Street, in Doncaster town centre, on a regular basis – and, after chatting to customers at her Printing Office Street café, she realised she was not the only one to be fined.
She said: “I found out other people were also suffering. One man thought he had paid enough to park and then a few weeks later got a bill for £60.”
The car park is operated by Parking Eye on behalf of the Waterdale shopping centre next to the site.
Bev said: “Parking Eye took it over a few months ago and, since then, there have been problems.”
She claims the solar-powered payment machines do not hold enough charge and are not registering money paid in correctly – with drivers then fined for supposedly outstaying their alloted time.
Bev said: “I have heard cases of people losing money in the machine and not getting it back, putting more in and paying above what they are supposed to and still getting fined.”
She says fines ranging from £60 to £100 have been handed to motorists – but she is refusing to pay her own £100 bill.
Richard Bannister, regional manager of Waterdale owner St Modwen, said: “We use Parking Eye to help effectively manage the surface car parks at Waterdale Shopping Centre.
“We are aware of the situation with the parking meters at the Young Street car park and are taking action to fix them. We expect the matter to be solved in the next couple of weeks.
“In the meantime, if customers experience any further issues with the parking meters, or feel they have been unfairly penalised, please could they contact Parking Eye, which will handle each case on an individual basis.”
Bev said: “I want other people out there who have been affected to get in touch. The machines are out of order and so are Parking Eye for sending out these bills.”
No-one at Parking Eye was available for comment.