MP calls for a conclusion to Cosham clampers probe

PRESSURE Penny Mordaunt
PRESSURE Penny Mordaunt
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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt has piled pressure on an industry body to conclude its investigation into the behaviour of a controversial clamping firm.

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) – which has the power to revoke a clamper’s licence – is monitoring the actions of City Watch Enforcement, which has brought misery to hundreds of motorists at a car park behind the Iceland store in Cosham.

But three months after the investigation was launched at a private meeting between the SIA and Ms Mordaunt in November, SIA officials have kept tight-lipped over what the outcome will be. More than 400 motorists have been given £205 parking fines since City Watch Enforcement began patrolling the council-owned car park last summer.

Since then The News has put up its own parking signs and dressed a reporter as Father Christmas to warn motorists of the firm’s presence.

Ms Mordaunt, who has been taking up motorists’ appeals against the charges, said: ‘The SIA needs to be thinking of coming up with a conclusion pretty sharpish.

‘In my mind the investigation was conclusive from the start. The evidence pointed to the clamping firm acting in an improper manner. I am going to be asking the SIA for a straight answer on the matter in the next couple of weeks.’

Portsmouth City Council are set to take over parking duties at the car park, which is leased to Lionsgate Properties, in April.