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Council steps in to stop Bromsgrove 'illegal' parking fine scam

Harry Leach 21st Dec, 2018 Updated: 21st Dec, 2018

A PARKING company has been slammed by Worcestershire County Council after being caught handing out illegal car parking fines to the people of Bromsgrove.

Signs which prohibit drivers from parking have appeared in Woodrow Close, Springs Avenue, Chadcote Way and Bourne Avenue and were put up by UK Car Park Management (CPM).

However the council has hit back saying they have not given CPM permission to do so and the company is in fact, breaking the law.

This has been backed up further by West Mercia Police after they received complaints from angry residents who were getting fined by CPM wardens.

A Bromsgrove resident on Facebook said: “Who do CPM think they are? If they don’t have council permission or enforcement to back them up, they could find themselves in a lot of trouble.”

Another user said: “This is very worrying.”

Council members have since contacted CPM to tell them that the signs have been confiscated.

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “We visited the sites this morning and have removed all the signs.

“These signs are on a public highway and were placed there illegally.

“We have also spoken to UK Car Park Management to inform them that no further signs should be placed on site and any further signs erected will be removed.”

Rika Martin, customer service advisor at Worcestershire Highways and Transport also shared the same views.

She said: “The highways mentioned are Worcestershire County Council adopted highways and these signs will continue to be removed.”

The Standard reached out to CPM but they are yet to get back to us with a comment.

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