LETTER: Warning after getting a parking fine

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For many years, although we have an abundance of parking in Boston, it remains restrictive and expensive.

Many people are therefore grateful when they are able to park free of charge, albeit for a short period and in theory to patronise a particular store.

Imagine, if you will, my horror at receiving a charge of £95 for the privilege of overstaying my welcome for 12 minutes at Wickes DIY car park in Boston. I know I was in the wrong and should have read the car park notices - I do however object to being spied upon by hidden cameras that take my picture both entering and leaving an area, and the organisation concerned (G24 Ltd, acting under contract by Wickes DIY) being able to obtain my wife’s registration address from DVLA, enabling them to send a threatening letter demanding payment or alternatively, private debt collection and possible County Court Judgement to recover the debt.

Rightly or wrongly, we have paid this charge, but find it incredible that prominent stores, not just Wickes, employ such subversive methods and faceless tactics against their customers.

This may serve as a warning to other unsuspecting motorists.

Colin Briggs

Sea Lane, Butterwick