Cheshire East Council says it has uncovered an error in the previous issuing of penalty charge notices on some free car parks.
This issue was brought to the council’s attention, by Councillor Rod Fletcher, during a recent consultation to increase parking charges.
It is thought to have seen 675 penalty charge notices issued incorrectly between 26 October 2015 and 13 March 2019.
The total cost of the has been calculated at £19,467.
All 675 issued were due to a parking offence being committed but due to 'legal technicalities', the penalty charge notices were not enforceable.
The authority says the problem relates to seven out of its 116 car parks.
It has now set up a reimbursement scheme for those affected, which will be overseen by an independent reviewer, and will ensure any claimants have their cases reviewed.
The car parks affected are:
- Fannys Croft
- Station Road
- London Road
- Hawk Street
- Chapel Street
- Brookhouse Road
Frank Jordan, executive director of place and acting deputy chief executive, said: “The issue, of penalty charge notices having been incorrectly issued on seven car parks between October 2015 and March 2019, was brought to our attention during the parking charges consultation period.
“We would like to apologise to those who have been incorrectly issued a penalty charge notice during this time period and urge any affected motorists to claim full reimbursement. Also, I would like to thank Councillor Fletcher for drawing this to our attention.”
If you think you are one of the 675 affected, there is more information here: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/