COUNCILLORS say they are powerless to stop controversial car clamping in Cosham because it is happening on private land.
Members representing Cosham say they are not able to change parking charges and clamping rules at a car park behind the High Street because the land is owned by private company Lee Baron Limited.
Cllr April Windebank has received dozens of complaints from the public but said the situation was out of her hands.
She said: ‘I don’t know what we can do because it isn’t council property.
‘The best we can do is see if LBL can make signs saying you have to pay made clearer.’
Motorists have seen their vehicles clamped because out of order pay meters, handwritten displays and unclear parking signs have confused drivers over whether they needed to pay to park.
LBL will replace handwritten meter displays and install a third pay meter at the site – but this will take up to two weeks.
Carol Bath, 50, from Highgate Road, Copnor, who was clamped, said: ‘The pay meter I parked near to was out of order, so I didn’t think there was another one I could use.’ She added: ‘I was gone 10 minutes and in that time I had been clamped.’