Woman stages eight-hour sit in against Redhill parking fine
A SINGLE mum sat in her car for more than eight hours to avoid paying a clamping fine she claims was unfair.
Opposite the council-owned Marketfield Road car park in Redhill are 12 bays owned by BritParx.
Emma Pitcher, 23, parked her car there on Sunday, January 15, and was threatened with a £255 fine.
She said: "If I had realised that area was private, I would have parked in the council spaces."
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Miss Pitcher added: "I have been told [by witnesses] he always sits in the car park waiting and then pounces the second you are out of sight."
Miss Pitcher returned to her car after a few minutes. What followed was an eight-hour battle which resulted in the clamper dropping the fine to £150.
Miss Pitcher, of Reigate Road, Reigate, said: "My friends brought me hot chocolate and blankets and my boyfriend even brought petrol for me to keep my engine running for the heating."
Miss Pitcher posted on the community Facebook site "Items 4 sale in Redhill and surrounding areas", where other residents shared similar stories, and in November 2009 the Surrey Mirror told the same tale after a couple were clamped before Christmas.
Miss Pitcher said: "There were two tiny signs on a brick wall warning you that you could be clamped.
"People genuinely do not know you cannot park there.
"It is very confusing being a small section in a public pay-and-display car park."
BritParx were unable to comment before the Mirror went to press.