Picketers put sign up at Worthing car park

Picketers in the Montague Centre car park
Picketers in the Montague Centre car park

Prostestors were at the Montague Centre car park today campaigning against a number of penalty charges they claim have been wrongly issued.

Drivers placed a sign next to the ticket machines at the car park in Liverpool Road, warning drivers using the car park to pick up a receipt before they leave.

Picketers have tied a sign to the ticket machines at the Montague Centre car park.

Picketers have tied a sign to the ticket machines at the Montague Centre car park.

The sign, put up by user Simon Rusbridge, reads: “Warning. Beware. Get a receipt. The operators of this car park often send out penalty charge notices £50, if you cannot prove you’ve paid you have to pay the penalty charge.”

The car park uses number plate recognition cameras to record vehicles on entry.

Drivers then input their number plate at a machine where they pay before leaving.

But some users have complained they have received charges despite paying at the car park, which is run by private firm CP Plus.

Simon, from Broadwater, was one of the first to contact the Herald after getting a penalty notice when he used the car park in January and now plans on contacting MP Peter Bottomley, as well as planning a more formal picket line in the near future.

He said: “We are planning a picket on a Saturday at peak times and we are also going to be leafleting cars and handing out leaflets as they come into the car park.”

The Herald has contacted CP Plus for a response to the sig, and a spokesman recently said the company welcomes feedback and always looks to fix machines within a 24-hour period.

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