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  1. Hi there, I 'm not sure if this is the correct forum as it's a Scottish issue. My daughter is a foster carer and wants to take the child on holiday with the rest of the family. The problem is the child's parent will not give consent to any holidays in the UK or abroad nor even pass on the child's now expired passport. The parent will not agree to sign a passport form either which leaves my daughter with no option but to apply for a specific issue order in court to have the passport form signed and applied for in the child's name. Can anyone give me some pointers as to how we can go about this and any pitfalls we need to look out for. Thanks hodgsoi
  2. Thanks ericsbrother. Just had another "Action May Be Taken" threatogram yesterday. I'll just sit tight unless they ramp things up to a court claim as you say.
  3. Thanks ericsbrother. I'll just sit tight and ignore them then . if they do come back at least I have the ammunition to throw at them. As you say both parties are colluding in an illegal activity so maybe they don't want to push too hard anyway. Many thanks again for your invaluable assistance. It really is much appreciated.
  4. Ericsbrother, thanks for your assistance once again. Should I wait until I hear from Hillingdon Council to see if they will do anything off their own backs regarding Section 30 of the T & C Planning Act 2007 or should I contact them again to report an offence? What is the position with McDonald's now? Should I contact them as the land owner and ask if they know that there are illegally posted signs in their car park?
  5. Oddfellow, I've not received an update from Hillingdon Council as yet. When I do I will post it. Cheers Sorry Oddfellow, misread your post. Thought it was for me.
  6. Hi there, I sent off the planning enquiry to Hillingdon Council and got back the standard reply which I've copied below. Generally parking signs on private car parks serving a restaurant or shops etc. do not need advertisement consent if they are giving details of parking restrictions, hours of operation, charges, etc. If they were of excessively large size, we may have to consider them and see if they needed consent. If the query relates to terms of parking such as nominated users, fees, penalty charges and whether appropriate signage was displayed, this is not an issue controlled by planning legislation. Full planning history including advert applications can be viewed on website, enter site number 45578 in the reference field using the link below - http://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningSearch This does not show any planning applications for parking signs so I replied to the council asking specifically for any details under the Town and Country Planning Act 2007 as suggested by ericsbrother. I'm still awaiting an update and will pst the reply when I get it. In the meantime, I have obtained some photos of the signage on site. There are two signs approx. 1200 x 800 posted at the entrance to the car park saying that there are parking restrictions in force with a maximum stay of 60 minutes and to see the details on the other signs. In the car park there are 13 signs posted around the car park at approx. 15m intervals. They are 600 x 800 and sit at a height of 2m above ground. Another two signs, 800 x 1200 with the same wording are posted at the exit to the car park and these are approx. 1.2m off the ground. Here's a PDF copy of the sign so that you can read the wording. McDonald's Parking Sign.pdf
  7. dx100uk, sorry, this is a reminder for the original PCN. Ericsbrother, thanks for the good advice. I'll need to see if I can get a few pics of the signage somewhere - I live in Scotland so it's a little awkward but I'm sure I'll manage something. Should I make enquiries about planning permission with the local council. I want to try and get my ducks in a row, as it were. Thanks again guys, I really appreciate the help.
  8. Hi there, just received another parking charge notice from MET telling me that the parking charge amount due is now £100. Do I start an appeal to them or is there some way that I can fight this based on McDonald's Real Estate LLP actually owning the land.
  9. It looks to me as if McDonald's is a subsidiary of McDonald's Real estate LLP. Real Estate LLP as registered as Persons With Significant Control over McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. McDonald's Company House.pdf McDonald's Company House 1.pdf
  10. Sorry Honeybee 13, hopefully this copy is better. I'm not too good with technology. I've done a Land Registry search and it looks like McDonald's own the land. What happens now? Do I have to tell MET who the driver is now? Land Registry File.pdf McDonald's.pdf
  11. Hi, as per ericsbrother's advice I sent off this letter and received their reply. It also says that this particular restaurant is not one of their franchised sites. Does this mean that they actually own it? What are my next steps? Is it time to contact MET? Thanks. McDonald's 1.pdf
  12. Thanks ericsbrother I'll do that next. Should I contact MET yet?
  13. sent a letter off to the restaurant and to McDonald's head office. I received this reply back from Customer Services. I am thinking of replying stating that I am disappointed that there is no recourse to appeal to McDonald's and asking where on the signs does it say that the maximum time can be exceeded with agreement of the manager. Does this sound ok for now? Should I now also write to MET asking if they have the necessary permissions etc. as per ericsbrother reply on 26/07/2016? McDonald's reply.pdf
  14. We phoned McD's customer service line when we got the demand on the 23rd and they washed their hands of it saying that it was a matter for MET. I will now send them a letter of complaint as you suggest. I take it the letter should go to the branch and not head office? hodgsoi
  15. ericsbrother, thanks for taking an interest in this. The incident happened on 15th July 2016 and I received the demand on 23rd July 2016. I've uploaded the letter for you to have a look at. Thanks. MET PCN.pdf
  16. Bazooka Boo, thanks. I will bow to your superior knowledge on this. Thanks again hodgsoi
  17. Thanks guys for your swift replies. I won't tell them who the driver was but I will write to them and ask the questions that Dublindel has suggested along with the reminder that I reside in Scotland. I will also ask them politely to drop the charge based on the above. Does this sound reasonable? hodgsoi
  18. Hi guys, thanks for all the replies, it is much appreciated. Sorry if I've misled you all a bit but this charge was for parking in a McD's car park in England not Scotland. I know that I shouldn't reply to any request for payment if the "offence" happened in Scotland. What I would like to know is - because the car park was in South Hayes, England, do I have to tell them who was driving the vehicle? Does the fact that I live in Scotland make any difference? Thanks. hodgsoi
  19. Hi guys, my daughter had my car on holiday and overstayed her allotted 60 mins in a McD's car park, South Hayes by 25 mins. Because of this I received a parking charge notice for £100, discounted to £50 if I pay within 14 days. I live in Scotland and I am not too familiar with English Law so can someone please tell me if I have to inform them legally who was driving the vehicle? They quote paragraphs 9(2)(b) and 9(2)(f) of Schedule 4 of The Protection of Freedoms Act telling me that the driver of the vehicle has to pay this charge and that if I don't tell them who was driving then they can pursue me for the charge. Any advice on how to go about this would be welcome. Thanks. hodgsoi
  20. Thanks Ericsbrother. Hopefully I won't need it. Hodgsoi
  21. Thanks dx100uk and ericsbrother for replying and setting my mind at ease. it is much appreciated. Happy New Year to all. thanks again. hodgsoi
  22. Hi folks, I'm looking for some advice and hope someone can steer me in the right direction. I just received a parking charge notice from Parking Eye for overstaying my time in a local retail park in Scotland (3 hours 28 mins). It has the usual claim for £80 reduced to £48 if I pay within 14 days. There is a picture which is date stamped and clearly shows the vehicle with number plate entering the car park and another date stamped with the vehicle supposedly leaving the car park. I say supposedly because the the picture is totally black except for a depiction of my front number plate in the top right hand corner. This may be due to the fact that at this time of year it gets dark early. Also in the notice there is the explanation of their terms and conditions regarding the 3 hours parking and how I owe them as the creditor for overstaying the 3 hours. They state that as they do not know the driver's name and address I should tell them who was the driver and pass the notice on to them. Can anyone please tell me how to go about dealing with this other than just paying up? I am not trying to dodge any legitimate penalty but as the vehicle was genuinely used for going shopping to that particular retail park for that amount of time I feel slightly aggrieved about being chased for an arbitrary sum of money. Thanks in advance for any advice. hodgsoi
  23. Hi guys, I'm hoping that someone can give me some advice please. My brother in law has a degenerative disease and has been declared unfit to work. He hardly knows what day it is sometimes. He has been off work because of this for around 6 years and during this time his employer's insurance company has been paying him a wage. Three weeks ago his employer contacted wife who deals with everything now and made them a final offer of a lump sum to terminate his employment. They told her that she could consult a lawyer etc. She was given a choice in that she could accept or reject this offer. Thinking that she had some time to consider this offer she did nothing reasoning that they would get back in touch. Well, yesterday they did and told her that my brother in law was now officially paid off and that they had put a some of money into his bank account which was half the original amount offered. Can someone please tell me if this is normal or can anything be done to fight this decision. There is a lot depending on this such as their company medical insurance and the monthly wage etc. Thanks in advance.
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