PENSIONER Colin Ford says he has been made to feel like a criminal by a council after he unsuccessfully contested a parking ticket.
Now the 68-year-old, from Stubbington, wants to warn others about the Sunday parking rules in Lee-on-the-Solent so that no other people fall foul of the rules.
He said: ‘I have never broken the law and now I feel aggrieved that this has happened to me.
‘I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I just want people to know that I am an upright citizen who has been taken to court like a criminal due to being a victim of circumstance.’
Mr Ford got the ticket from Gosport Borough Council after he parked at the Marine Parade West 1 car park on Sunday, December 14 without paying.
He had originally parked elsewhere in Lee-on-the-Solent, but fearful of getting a ticket for overstaying, he moved his car to the car park after taking advice from a local shopkeeper.
The shopkeeper misinformed Mr Ford and told him that it was free to use the car park on a Sunday, which it is not, but it would’ve been free to stay parked on the road.
After receiving the ticket, Mr Ford wrote to the council to explain and offered to pay for the hour’s parking, but his appeal was rejected.
When he refused to pay the fine, the council took him to court and he appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on March 18 and pleaded guilty with mitigating circumstances. Magistrates ordered him to pay £65 compensation.
A spokesman from the council said that procedures had been followed and that it was Mr Ford’s responsibility to check the signs.
They said: ‘The signage in Marine Parade West 1 car park more than adequately conveys the terms of the car park order.
‘There is a very large sign at the entrance, and in a display board next to the machine that sets out the payments and time periods required.’
But Mr Ford is still unhappy about the incident.
He said: ‘Day after day I see anti-social behaviour taking place and nothing is done about it. There are people deliberating breaking the law and yet when I make a mistake I am reprimanded like a criminal.’