Driver fined on ‘invisible’ line

Les McPherson from Stakeford complaining as he was given a parking ticket for 'parking outside the parking bay' in Grey's Yard car park in Morpeth, but the lines are obscured by gravel making them impossible to see.
Les McPherson from Stakeford complaining as he was given a parking ticket for 'parking outside the parking bay' in Grey's Yard car park in Morpeth, but the lines are obscured by gravel making them impossible to see.
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A MOTORIST has urged the county council to make the lines clearer in a Morpeth car park.

Les McPherson often parks in the Grey’s Yard facility in Oldgate and says that when there is heavy rain, the T markings are obscured by gravel.

He recently received a ticket from an enforcement officer for parking outside a bay, but he claims that he simply put his car in a space next to someone else who turned out to be outside the lines because no one could see them in the morning.

Mr McPherson, who works across a number of Chisholm Bookmakers outlets in the region, said: “It keeps on happening in Grey’s Yard that when there is some proper rainfall, these markings are covered by gravel and people have to guess where the parking bays are located.

“This was the case when I got my ticket and in fact it was another driver who wasn’t in the right spot that meant I was out of position, but they had left by the time the warden arrived.

“I appealed against the £25 fine, but it was rejected and I reluctantly paid it as the council said it would have gone up to £50.

“However, I’m taking this forward on a matter of principle as I still hope that someone at the authority will take a look at the car park and make sure the lines can be seen at all times.

“It’s not like there is plenty of parking available elsewhere and it’s got even worse since the supermarket builders took over lots of spaces at the Dark Lane car park.”

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “The Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) was issued as the vehicle was parked beyond the bay markings. There are T markings on the ground which indicate the bay and the vehicle was parked over these markings.

“We feel that the markings are clear and that the PCN was correctly issued.

“As payment has been received the notice is now closed.”