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  1. This may have been posted on here previously, but I picked it on Facebook this morning - it reportedly originated on MSE forums. DJ Harvey, at Lewes County Court, dismissed the claim of One Parking Solutions and was rather scathing of OPS in their judgement. It's well worth a read if you've not read it before. There are some real nuggets in there that will be of use to us mere mortals. One Parking Solution v Ms W 5 Feb 2020.pdf
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  2. Someone went overboard with the Panic Purchases..
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  3. Hearing was yesterday - after a 30 minute delay, the phone conference based case was over in 30 mins - and I WON! Mr Robinson, who wrote their WS didn't turn up (as expected) - instead it was Mr Pickup. The judge jumped straight on the fact the witness was not present for questioning, and that in their WS, they stated that if Mark Robinson wasn't available, that the hearing be based on documents only. He asked Mr Pickup to clarify whether the hearing was based on documents or Mr Pickup as a representative. The Judge was very good (not that I have had any previous experience). He
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  4. I’m currently on day 9 of mild symptoms Starting about 5 days after My daughter had symptoms and subsequently tested positive. she’s well over it now. From my point of view I’ve had far Worse but Christ the symptoms are weird. Anyway apparently if I’ve made it to day 9 or 10 without taking a turn for the worse , chances I’m on the road to recovery, so that’s some kind of relief.
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  5. Yes, you can pay £60 that you don't owe to a bunch of conmen and have an easy life. Or you can fight them and yes, you will have to put a certain amount of work in. As a campaigning consumer site we would prefer you did the latter! But it's up to you. The only effort with the future letters is the opening of them. They're just standard nonsense of which PE send out hundreds every week, hoping to scare the naive. There are 263 successes on the thread HB posted. That is a vast underestimate as in all 263 cases there was a specific moment to poin
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  6. I wanted to provide an update to this chain. I have reached a settlement with Hermes. For the benefit of anyone else going through this process, some notes: The formal mediation process was delayed (I guess, due to Covid). I wrote directly to the relevant person in Hermes' legal department (firstname.lastname@hermes-europe.co.uk - you will get the names in your claim form, for anyone else going through this process) I played hard ball - I maintained my position in my claim form, I did not give Hermes' (in my view, entirely without merit) arguments any attent
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  7. As I think others have suggested, HMRC and HM Probate have probably advised you that for their purposes, probate is not required. If you were to say to them "Yes - but my deceased mother's bank is insisting on probate before releasing the funds in her account. Can you please tell the bank probate is not necessary?" they would say that's a decision for the bank to make, not them. They can't tell the bank what business decisions to take. Can you see the difference?
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  8. It isn't realistic to lock all those with underlying conditions and over 70s in their homes for the rest of the year It would have to be properly organised. We have various family members and friends in their 70s who are trying to stay at home but they have to eat. They can't get a delivery slot with a supermarket because of the demand and they aren't on the government's vulnerable list so they don't have priority. They don't have neighbours who will do a complete shop for them so the only option is to go out. If we want to shield the over 70s then if they have people g
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  9. Dear sirs, you ask why I havent paid the amount demanded. That is simple to answer, there is no debt because there was no contract to breach. If your clients are as stupid as Simple Simon at VCS then you should warn them that the 2 idiots who run the IPC are misleading their members over what is and isnt a parking contract when they claim they personally approve every sign and they will suffer the same fate at court when they learn that particular lesson. Perhaps you should also ask Will and John at the IPC to give Will and John at Gladstones a copy of their ATA c
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  10. Ok Folks So this week has to be one of the toughest I've ever had but thanks to the help and support of Ell-enn I can now breath easy and I might even manage to get some sleep this weekend. I attended court yesterday for an application hearing with a circuit judge as I'd submitted a N161 form to appeal against the Judges order last week that the eviction should go ahead. On Ell-enns advise I submitted an up to date statement of facts which explained that I'd paid off the arrears and also had my house valued which showed that I wasn't in a negative equity si
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  11. I'd qualify that by saying that there are many many decent coppers around, undoubtedly the majority in fact, but the fact is that the uniform requires 'unimpeachable' trust, and that has largely gone and being more damaged by the week.
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  12. @BankFodder A very special Happy New Year to you and all the nice people on this forum. I have just made a donation. Best wishes for a good new year. stormy
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  13. What did people think of Doris's announcement last night? On a lighter note, someone has invented Boris Briefing BS Bingo.
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  14. Sorry not a very good Limerick, but heigh ho, have had enough doom (not the game though) and despondency. There was a young man from Kent Whose thinking was ever so slightly slightly bent off he went skiing from the virus he was fleeing but it infected him in the bar where he went.
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  15. Well after I sent the expenses and income list + covering letter. The only thing I got back was marstons demand for £250 / month. I was so disgusted at this amount with no explanation, I decided to ignore and didn't do anything, other than worry.. Then today at 5pm I received an email from the LAA saying because of my/our health and monetary situation they have called off marstons and will not be persuing this any further. My next question is, Any tips on how to go after the £5600 already paid. Tips as in how to word the letter. I can't express how m
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  16. If as you claim, you have had success with these cowboys cancelling parking charges before when challenged on POFA, just do as you have done before with this one and see if they cancel it. Do you have a letter from them you could share with the group, where they cancelled a previous charge, as it would be interesting to see.
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  17. I am following this with interest. I have flown with Ryanair weekly commuting for many years - hundreds of flights. That is a lot of trips, delays, dramas and sagas. I have seen Ryanair operate mostly without incident but as soon as anything goes awry they are disgraceful. I have though taken them to small claims court in the UK many times and won every time. The £350 fee they threaten is a cut and paste as mentioned in an earlier post. It appears in every defence and is the final scare tactic before the real negotiations actually begin and you will start getting emails from
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  18. A great big thank you to everyone on this thread for your prompt advice regarding this horrible situation, I can't believe I have fallen victim to this, when there is so much information on the web about these crooks, I can't help feeling like a total idiot, the urgency of having a car so that I could care for my auntie during lockdown, led to me bypassing all steps to protect myself, I can't believe that companies like this are allow to continue trading... A big lesson learned for me, not only am I hell bent on getting my hard earned money back, if I can help anyone else falling into the same
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  19. No commented for a while, but I'm not sure I agree with this. Most people vote either blue or green and the vast majority have never ventured outside of this narrow political spectrum. There are decent politicians out there, it's just that they either get less exposure or the decent ones gravitate towards either the blue or red team usually dependant on family history etc. So, you end up with a congested center ground abd fringe parties that no-one votes for because they don't know enough about them. There are decent politician about.
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  20. In terms of how to handle the pandemic in the UK, the Observer leader has some good suggestions. Not new to us but practical. 'It ignored early pleas from public health experts to build a system based on the expertise and effectiveness of local public health teams; it instead chose to award multimillion-pound contracts to run mass call centres to companies with a dreadful track record of delivery. Only after months of failures and delays have ministers reconsidered this approach. Even as it has spent £12bn on an ineffective system, the government has failed to provide those require
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  21. lets have a step back in time and consider if we had had local track trace & isolate, Nightingales used for that purpose rather than being left empty, and not filled the general hospitals with covid making them reservoirs of infection http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87546
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  22. That's exactly what we've used the testing process for. Nothing more than documenting the spread among those who choose to be tested. What an utter and complete waste. Testing only those with symptoms who a. choose to get tested and b. can actually then book a test guarantees we can't get ahead of the game to curb the spread, only chase it. There's no merit in knowing the numbers if you don't use the information to do something useful in a timely manner. Meanwhile thousands of council and other publicly funded employees have been furloughed (on full pay for all those I know) an
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  23. Update: Mediation ended with a Full payout of £151.99 due to be paid by 22/010/2020. Hopefully this is the end of the road now and Hermes will pay within the time frame, although I can't see any reason why they wouldn't. To anybody else that has had to lose money due to Hermes being negligent, this process is not as daunting as it may first appear. The entire process took around 15 weeks and cost £30 which i am due to receive back from Hermes. Although the entire process took a while there was really very little work to do thanks to the help from this forum and Bank fodder.
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  24. There is so much wrong with their WS. You stopped for a very short time yet she seems to equate that as being parked! That flies in the face of what parking means. There have been several cases in Court where Judges have defined the meaning of parked. Not one of them describes it as stopping for a few minutes with the engine running and the driver remaining in the vehicle. And why on earth is POFA being included on s28? The airport comes under Byelaws and that land is specifically not covered by POFA. Then on s30 she cites Parking Eye v Beavis
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  25. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/crackdown-on-private-car-parking-firms-will-eliminate-unfair-fines The Government seem to think that the new proposals will eliminate rogue parking operators. As if. Among the proposals are capping the maximum charge at £80 with lesser misdemeanours charged at £40. The good thing is that it will mean the parking crooks will have to produce new signage to reflect the new charges and they should also have to remove the proviso that they can add extra charges above the cap. There is an increase in charges to £120 for th
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  26. Oh dear. adding ''debt collection charges'' AND charging for payments made by card.......tut tut CP plus you really are asking for trouble.
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  27. First of all, it is NOT a FINE. Only a court has power to issue fines, the Police can issue Fixed Penalty Notices, a Council can issue Penalty Charge Notices, none of these is a fine. What you have received is a Parking Charge Notice - also known as a Speculative Invoice. Designed to mimic official penalties and referring to it as a FINE will not only give a specious piece of paper an appearance of legitimacy that it does not warrant, but will also give Site Team DX100uk apoplexy as it is his pet hate! Before you do anything, read other threads in this forum, you will
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  28. Something positive. I joined this site a year ago and had substantial financial problems and was advised elsewhere to sign up for a DRO or file for bankruptcy. Following advice given on this site I was able to get a notorious DCA off my back, settle my most worrying debt with a large discount and get back over £8k in miss sold PPI. I am now in a much better position and will be debt free next year. Keep up the good work and a very big thank you from me.
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  29. The other ones to worry about are Palantir who are data-mining NHS records, I've read, and are now being paid £1m to do it.
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  30. Which is all great but detracting from the most pressing issue of what date is the Defence due and what are the legal arguments against this breach of contract claim.
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  31. You do not lie to them in the way that you suggest above, otherwise you lose the moral high ground and sink to their level. Should it end up in the small claims court you would be on a very sticky wicket using such subterfuge. As this is the UK, the word is defence, despite the predictive text that may appear.
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  32. Thank you for the advice and support on this site. I always appreciate the help/comfort/support I get in life whether in good time or challenging ones. A forum like this is truly outstanding, and the guidance/contributions and directions I have received have kept me sane at a very difficult time. I have made my donations, and it's not going to be a one off. We must all support this site to help ourselves and others who come on here.
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  33. now you mention a concierge at the block- now this can be a deciding matter because if the concierce gave you permission or even failed to tell you that you couldnt park then that creates a new contract between you and the landowner that overrides the one the landowner has with the parking co. If they didnt intend to create now conditions the man on the door should have told you " you cant park there mate" and that would have been that so even silence is permissive. I would also bet that the wording of the signage is very limited as to creating contract and big on prohibition so w
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  34. I am bound to say that their alleged contract is probably the weirdest I have seen. Considering it is supposed to be a serious legal contract to set out the conditions under which CEL manage the parking on land that does not belong to them it leaves a lot to be desired. For a start it does not comply with the BPA Code of Practice which is 7.3 a the definition of the land on which you may operate, so that the boundaries of the land can be clearly defined b any conditions or restrictions on parking control and enforcement operations, including any restrictions on hours of o
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  35. title updated I would suspect this is the usual game of the third party saying you could have gotten the hire car cheaper? we see it all the time here. stop talking on the phone!! state everything in writing to my insurance company please go away yes cash the cheque, why couldn't you have posted it?
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  36. I've just successfully arrived at the end of a long wrangle with my dishonest mobile phone provider. It was a success and I could not have done this without the advice and encouragement of BankFodder. To describe this site as a Godsend is an understatement. It is a lifeline for many isolated and despairing souls. Thank you CAG!!!
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  37. Attached are photos of the signage at the Berkeley Centre taken last July. You will see that all the signs clearly state that the carpark is managed by Excel and would have been managed by Excel at the time of your alleged breach. In the light of this evidence, I would be inclined to include in your snotty letter, some words to the following effect: You have no idea who this company VCS is, nor why they are asking you to pay them money. Their correspondence refers to the carpark at the Berkeley Precinct, but you know for a fact that this carpark is managed by Excel Services, a
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  38. Can you please clarify the current terms and conditions for the carpark? There is now a ticket machine, possibly installed by Excel when they took over the management. Do you have to take a ticket however long you intend to stay, whether you will be in the free parking time or not? Do you have to specify how long you intend to stay at the point of arrival? Are you allowed 1 free hour and then you have to buy a ticket? I presume the maximum period of parking is 2 hours but only 1 hour is free. Is that correct? Do you have a photo of the advertised ter
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  39. I have just made a small donation and will make other donations when i can,Thank you for all the good you do for people.
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  40. It is not a matter of 'getting mixed up in other peoples problems'. The advice to read other threads is a) this is a self help forum so you do need to acquaint yourself with other's poster's experiences thereby educating yourself. b) Without doing so you will be blind to the intricacies of the Private Parking Companies and their dishonesty. c) The experts who have and do give of their time freely, cannot be expected to repeat advice that they have previously given just to save you a little time. If you were paying for that time it might be different. If y
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  41. I do think at times like this that we should spare a thought for those poor parking companies through no fault of their own are suffering a huge loss in their income.
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  42. A Dalek enforcing strict quarantining on a neighbourhood. You can't get more British than this https://tinyurl.com/uzox4hy
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  43. It would appear that Sainsbury and Asda are currently under a huge strain with regard to their online shopping/delivery services. I logged into my Asda account, booked a delivery slot for the 27th March.. (earliest slot available) and filled up my basket with my normal order.. no panic purchasing. Went to the checkout, and everything seemed to go through with no problems. An hour later, I logged back in to add something I had forgotten. Clicked on my order.... message to say that I had no orders - however, my basket was still showing as not having been checked out.
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  44. Thought I would post an update in relation to this. After receiving another three or four letters late last year from a company working on behalf of PE stating the client was going to take action and I should pay immediately while each time ramping up the fine ...I decided to call their bluff and not respond.So to date I have not heard anything further from PE. So this is going back to June 2019. Will post if anything further happens
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  45. It'd look like a desperate tit for tat. Don't. People with nothing to hide, are calm and collected and confident. Sit tight, tell the whole unvarnished truth, provide evidence of being elsewhere, ask for witnesses. Don't start playing silly buggers though. He needs to present as the calm face of logic!
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  46. Hi guys well I lost. Judge said he had to go with the most probable and went with lowell. Didn't add interest which I suppose saved me a couple of hundred quid. The solicitor was quite decent really. Was over in around 20 mins. Not the outcome I wanted but at least it's over with now and I can stop constantly worrying about it, it had taken over my life! Thank you to everyone who helped. I set up a monthly donation a few months ago and I'll keep it up as this site is invaluable to the little person out there who has no or little clue o
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  47. What usually happens, and I've seen more than a few in my years working in council tax, is that they make a fuss right up until enforcement action is taken and then they disappear off in to the ether without any further updates. Typically because their master plan has failed and the council have bankrupted them or they've ended up with a suspended sentence hanging over them.
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  48. Three hour hearing today in the Taunton County Court....WON.... It was like a game of chess, exhilarating from the first move. I lost a couple sacrificial points and one or two pieces I would have liked to have won. As soon as I arrived in the waiting room, I was approached by the solicitor who had travelled 100 miles or so to get there. He suggested it was appropriate to spend a few minutes to see if we could agree a settlement. I agreed and said £1600. He went out to make a phone call, and I sat down wishing I hadn't made the offer because I really wanted
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  49. Hi 007, I have used this site now for a number of years and I can honestly say I would not have coped without them. I had the most awful dept problems, I had been advised to go bankrupt. I would have lost everything, my house, my job, my health and probably my marriage. I stumbled across this site by chance and never looked back . I am now almost dedt free and have an excellent credit rating and still own my house and my marriage is going OK Please take DX's and Andy's advice, they are experts and their knowledge about helping folk like us i
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