We give clampers a huge sign that can’t be ignored

NOT HAPPY Maria Fallis at the car park.    Picture: Sarah Standing (1130202-724)
NOT HAPPY Maria Fallis at the car park. Picture: Sarah Standing (1130202-724)
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HERE’S a huge sign that The News sticks up for people who feel they have been unfairly clamped.

We took warning posters to a car park in Cosham where motorists have found themselves on the receiving end of huge fines.

People who have been caught out after leaving their cars in the car park, behind Cosham High Street, have complained that signs saying clampers operate there are not obvious enough.

But there was no way they could miss our giant posters when we stepped in to help yesterday lunchtime.

And shoppers who may not have known that charges had been introduced at the previously free car park thanked us for our help.

Maria Fallis, 31, from Wymering, said: ‘The signs definitely give a better warning of what happens at the car park.

‘It’s shocking that clamping happens here. It’s not fair on the local people because it was free to use for so long.

‘I saw an old man get clamped here last week. It’s terrible because people cannot afford the fines.’

Susan Jarman, 63, from Chichester, said: ‘I want to say thank you because The News made things much clearer.

‘The signs here aren’t adequate because they’re too small.’

Tracy Vaughan, 45, from Highbury Grove, Cosham, said: ‘The signs saved me today.’

In June the car park’s managing agents Lee Baron Limited put up new signs which said motorists had to pay to park or risk being clamped and fined £205 by City Watch Enforcement.

The land is owned by Portsmouth City Council but leased to Lionsgate Properties and managed by Lee Baron Limited (LBL).

Kevin Kelehan, of LBL, the firm which manages the car park, said: ‘There are 16 signs and three pay and display machines in the pay and display car-park.

‘Further signs were already on order for installation next Wednesday.’