RESULT! For anyone following this thread, I received a letter today from South Lakeland District Council accepting my appeal and cancelling the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)-the basis of my appeal was that the notice board adjacent to the payment meter gave too much information (about Kendal, tourist information, etc., etc., etc) with details regarding the actual parking regulation only featuring at the very bottom of the notice board. In particular I pointed out that the lead in to the parking regulations details was partially obscured by the payment machine, resulting in me having to (sort of) look behind the payment meter to fully read everything. I strongly suspect that a similar situation exists in every South Lakeland DC car park. Check it out if you get a ticket or consider an appeal if you have already received one. Good luck and thanks to anyone who has taken an interest in my case.