01:00PM, Friday 18 December 2015
A private parking company has been criticised for allegedly issuing illegal £100 fines on a public highway in Windsor.
Parking Control Management UK (PCM)’s services were contracted by Radian Housing Association to police parking outside its developments in Ridge Court and Sinclair Road.
However, Sinclair Road is a public highway.
According to residents, PCM has been breaking the law by issuing tickets outside its agreed remit.
Doug Graham, who lives in Ridge Court, said: “I have no problem with PCM giving out tickets to people who are parked in our car park. That’s what they’ve been asked to do.
“But my friend parked in Sinclair Road, which is owned by the borough, and got a ticket and was fined.
“That’s not right.
“How much money have PCM made from people in this way?”
The Express contacted PCM several times for comment and asked how many tickets it had issued along the council-owned road but it did not respond.
Cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury), called on PCM to refund the money but was reluctant to lay the blame at the private company’s door.
He said: “To my mind, it is Radian Housing Association that is responsible because they asked this PCM to enforce restrictions in the first place. They should now be forcing PCM to give a full refund to anyone who has received a parking ticket on this road.
“I would like anyone who has been affected by this to get in touch with me as soon as possible.”
Maz Garside, at Radian Housing Association, said: “Residents in Ridge Court and Sinclair Road have reported to us that they have experienced nuisance and annoyance from non-residents, parking on the development.
“The parking scheme which we implemented as a result of their complaints has been in place for nearly two years.
“We consulted residents before implementing it and reviewed it with residents last year and they agreed that they would like to keep the parking scheme in place. We started the parking scheme in good faith.”
The housing association was due to meet the Royal Borough yesterday (Thursday).
Maz added: “We will agree with them whether or not the parking scheme can continue.”
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