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Parent complains about 'wrong' Bexley Council parking signs

PUBLISHED: 14:16 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:16 10 May 2013

Ian Whiffen with the penalty notice next to the offending sign

Ian Whiffen with the penalty notice next to the offending sign

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Bexley Council are issuing parking tickets based on the wrong traffic sign outside a Bexleyheath school - according to one parent who has been hit with a £534 fine.

Ian Whiffen, 49, whose sons used to go to Mayplace Primary School in Woodside Road, was given the penalty notice on June 1 last year.

He claims that the road sign allows him to mount two wheels on the curb. While it is illegal to park on the pavement in London, exceptions are made when streets are particularly narrow and signs indicate whether this is allowed, according to the directgov website.

He said: “The sign on Woodside Road makes no reference to being in a marked bay when you mount the curb.

“I would have been delighted to go to court to argue my corner, but the hearing was held at traffic court in Northampton and I wasn’t given the option of representation.

“I think this is a way for them to try and get money out of people.”

Last month Mr Whiffen, who lives in South Darenth, Dartford, received a visit from bailiffs who demanded he pay the fine.

He then went to the police, who he claims said they think he is in the right.

The father-of-two added: “I’m annoyed it’s gone on so long. I believe I was entitled to park there.”

A Bexley Council spokesman said: “Parking on footways is prohibited in London unless signs and or markings indicate otherwise. The part of the footway on which Mr Whiffen was parked did not have a sign advising that he could park on the footway, neither did it have a marked bay,

“Mr Whiffen’s challenge was rejected by parking services.”

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