‘Why bother coming to Skegness?’ asks man stung with disputed parking ticket

Traffic wardens have been accused of issuing tickets over incorrect grounds.
Traffic wardens have been accused of issuing tickets over incorrect grounds.

A regular visitor to Skegness who claims to have spent thousands in the town says he has been put off from ever returning by ‘overzealous’ traffic wardens.

Kevin Wragg was issued a ticket for supposedly breaching the ‘no returning within an hour’ regulations while parked on South Parade recently.

He categorically insists his innocence and is furious with Lincolnshire County Council for refusing his appeal and failing to provide evidence of the violation.

“My car didn’t move one inch,” he said.

“I know I’m innocent so why should I pay when they could do the same thing for anyone?

“They are causing me and my family all of this stress and trouble when I’ve not done anything wrong, it’s ridiculous.”

Kevin had parked up while his son and grandson visited Panda’s Palace and he and his wife Kathryn did some shopping, returning 52 minutes later - well within the permitted hour.

However a traffic warden had judged the car to have moved as the wheel positions were recorded differently on separate visits.

Kevin requested photographic evidence of his supposed offence but despite receiving several images, claims none of them feature his wheels, leaving him to question whether the pictures even exist.

“I could say it’s a lie or a fix but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say it’s human error,” he said.

“But if they won’t even speak to me to clear up the mistake, what am I supposed to do?”

The 58-year-old Alfreton man has been a regular visitor to his caravan in Winthorpe for the past 13 years.

He says he spends ‘half his wages’ at local businesses but after his recent experience will be unlikely to return.

“Unless I’m forced to, why bother coming to Skegness?” he asked.

The potential loss of a loyal customer to Skegness has disappointed the town’s business community, which feared a heavy handed approach to enforcement could harm trade.

Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce chairman Glenis Brown had asked highways officers to take the same approach with holidaymakers as they had initially taken with residents by warning people on their first offence rather than issuing a ticket.

Instead, Highways emailed her a poster to print and display around town, warning motorists of the enforcement, which Mrs Brown felt was a ‘disappointing’ response.

And with these latest claims that some motorists are being fined on disputed grounds, she fears the matter could become a serious problem.

“This was just what we wanted to avoid,” she said.

“People like this gentleman are the lifeblood of Skegness and we need them to want to keep returning.”

Mrs Brown has offered to raise Kevin’s case with the county council.

Parking services manager at LCC Matt Jones, said: “If you think you been issued a ticket incorrectly, there is a simple and fair appeals process in place. Details of this process are printed on the back of every ticket.

“If your initial challenge is unsuccessful, a further appeal can be submitted to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, an independent adjudication service.

“They will organise a hearing, review the case and make an independent decision that is binding on both parties.”

Kevin is considering taking the matter to court.