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20/01/14 - Rosie Cooper MP calls on hospital to review all parki


Rosie Cooper calls on Southport and Ormskirk Hospital to review all parking notice charges issue after appeal upheld.


UK Parking Control Limited (UKPC) were instructed to cancel a car parking fine issued at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust, after the motorists appeal against the fine was upheld by the Parking and Private Land Appeals. (POPLA)


Now West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust to review all parking charge notices issued since UKPC took on the contract. MP Rosie has written to both the hospital trust and the POPLA to query the controversial charges.


Rosie has previously raised concerns over the management of the hospital car parks following a significant rise in the constituents complaints about parking fines being issued. In October the level of the fines charged was reduced.   


POPLA in upholding the appeal said:


“The operator has not produced any evidence to demonstrate that it is the land-owner; or that is has the authority of the land owner to issue parking charge notices at this site. Once the issue is raised by an Appellant; it is for the Operator to demonstrate it has authority, and a mere statement to the effect it has a contract will not be sufficient. The Operator has failed to produce sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the parking charge is a genuine pre-estimate of loss.”


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:


“The decision by POPLA brings into question every other parking charge notice issued to drivers using the car parks of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust. In light of this information I believe there has to be clarity about the rules and how they are being enforced and why they are enforceable at all. I will be keen to see the responses from both POPLA and the Hospital Trust on this issue. There are many drivers very unhappy with how they have been treated by UKPC.”

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