Appeals over Cosham clampers are ignored

112902-2267 CLAMPING (MOL) MRW 15/8/2011''Vicki Craig (33) from Hilsea had her car clamped in Cosham, she paid the Release Fee of �205.00, she lodged an appeal but then had her Recorded Delivery Letter returned unopened '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112902-2267)
112902-2267 CLAMPING (MOL) MRW 15/8/2011''Vicki Craig (33) from Hilsea had her car clamped in Cosham, she paid the Release Fee of �205.00, she lodged an appeal but then had her Recorded Delivery Letter returned unopened '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112902-2267)

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PORTSMOUTH MP Penny Mordaunt has stepped up the battle against Cosham wheel clampers after they ignored appeals against parking penalties.

Ms Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, received calls from eight constituents who had sent letters of appeal to City Watch Enforcement.

They had been fined £205 and clamped for parking without a ticket behind New Look and Iceland in High Street, Cosham.

But their letters were sent back unopened by the clamping firm with a ‘return to sender’ Royal Mail sticker.

The motorists had sent appeals to the firm, based in Enfield, London, because they felt they had been unfairly fined and clamped.

They say parking signs at the 62-space site do not make it clear that you have to pay to park.

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, said: ‘People have had their appeal letters sent back unopened, which is appalling. I have requested a meeting with the site’s owner Lee Baron Limited to put a stop to this situation because it’s going to affect Cosham.

‘If this were a new car park perhaps they could have got away with the poor amount of signage.

‘But given that it had been a free car park I would have expected notices to be extremely prominent.’

Patricia Somerville, 63, from First Avenue, Farlington, said: ‘I sent a letter to City Watch last month after I was fined and clamped. I had only gone into Iceland to do my shopping. Now I’ve had my letter sent back to me and I’m disgusted.’

Vicki Craig, 33, from Hilsea, said: ‘I was fuming when I saw they had sent my letter back unopened.

‘Afterwards I kept calling their office and it wasn’t until I kept pestering them that I received a written reply. I’m gutted because it just said they weren’t going to take up my appeal.’

Paul Watters, head of road and transport policy at AA, said: ‘The penalty is excessive and unfair.’

City Watch Enforcement did not want to comment to The News.