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Window cleaner has protest fines wiped

PUBLISHED: 11:21 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:34 25 August 2010

TRIUMPH: Brian Barnett.

TRIUMPH: Brian Barnett.

A WINDOW cleaner who racked up two parking fines as a way of making council workers replace damaged signs has won appeals against both penalties. Brian Barnett, 51, from Thamesmead, was fined twice last July for parking at the same spot in Crayford High

A WINDOW cleaner who racked up two parking fines as a way of making council workers replace damaged signs has won appeals against both penalties.

Brian Barnett, 51, from Thamesmead, was fined twice last July for parking at the same spot in Crayford High Street while cleaning windows ats the parade.

But the father-of-one claims he parked for hours in the 20-minute time limit bay because some of the letters and numbers from the sign were missing.

He said: "As a motorist you have to comply with the law. The council have a duty to maintain signs. I shouldn't have to sit there and say: 'What does that sign mean?' It is set down in law.

"The officer issuing the ticket should reference that there was a problem with the sign."

On the sign, the "s" was missing from 20 minutes, "1" was missing from "no return within 1 hour", and letters were missing from "hour".

Mr Barnett admits he knew what the sign meant but claims he parked beyond the limit so the council would take notice of his previous complaints about the sign.

But he won his appeal at the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service on January 22 because of the poor quality of photographs put forward as evidence by Bexley council.

The £60 fine he was given at 10.23am on July 30 was rendered invalid because the pictures supplied by Bexley council "do not demonstrate a nexus between the vehicle and the signage".

And the appeal against a fine at 9.55am on July 9 was upheld by the adjudicator because "there is no evidence adduced to demonstrate that the time-plate image is that of the pole beside the said vehicle".

The adjudicator raised concerns about the fact that the council sent Mr Barnett details of another motorist's parking appeal.

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "The council cannot discuss individual cases in relation to the issue of penalty charge notices, but there is a robust statutory process that motorists can follow to challenge the issue of a charge, which includes the right of appeal to an independent adjudicator.

"In respect of the information provided to Mr Barnett in relation to another person's case details, the matter is currently under investigation.

"The council would like to assure the public that security measures are in place to ensure all personal details it holds remain confidential.


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