Fuming bloke vows never to return to Cornwall after extortionate parking fine

A bloke has vowed never to return to Cornwall after being slapped with a huge parking fine at a beauty spot.

Michael Davies, 70, claims he had paid £5 for the privilege of parking at the site of St Michel's Mount, yet received a £100 fine after his three-hour stay at the Cornish landmark.

Mr Davies, from Crediton in the neighbouring county of Devon, alleges that the parking company has falsely accused him of overstaying and skipping out on payment, with the 70-year-old claiming to have paid and had the barrier lift up to let him out.

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He claimed that the £5 cash he paid into the machine read "accepted" at the pay on exit car park.

But a letter from Initial Parking, which runs the car park at Marazion, where the landmark is situated, informed him that he had paid just £1 via a contactless card which pays for one hour's stay.

Mr Davies believes the fine is invalid and insists that he paid the £5 in cash and that there has been a mistake, so has appealed the fine.

The 70-year-old maintains the fine is an error, and said: "It's extortionate. We parked up, went to the castle, and when we got back my neighbour put the money in the machine.

"He got the ticket and the machine said it was approved. When I got back to Crediton, I had a letter saying I'd been fined. I don't want to pay this because it's extortionate and they're not being fair."

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Mr Davies, speaking to CornwallLive, continued: "I had a brain injury and a stroke recently. It's all just getting to me and making me unwell. I'll never come to Cornwall ever again.

"I've worked all my life, I can't afford to give money away like this to people lining their pockets. It's daylight robbery."

An Initial Parking spokesperson said: "Having checked our payment system we can confirm that Mr Davies made payment of £1, which as per the advertised tariff purchases 1 hour parking time but stayed an additional 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 28 seconds without payment.

"As stated on our, very large, BPA approved signs, you can pay for parking time via pay and display machine, via phone or via app. It remains the motorist’s responsibility to ensure that sufficient parking time is paid.

"As Mr Davies paid via contactless/card payment, he should be able to provide the payment transaction from the date in question that would demonstrate the amount paid, which in this instance was £1."

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