I entered the Damside Street Car Park in Lancaster on 09/09 2018 at 11:57:47 with a 5 years old daughter in distress.
While my partner took care of her I had to go around to find a place where to change money because I didn't have enough loose change to pay for a parking ticket at the ticket machine. Therefore I bought a parking ticket valid for 1 hour at 12:10 (just over two minutes after the 10 minute grace period finished).
I left the car park at 12:13:02. In total,
I stayed there for less than 16 minutes but purchased a ticket allowing me to stay for 1 hour (plus the 10 minutes grace period).
A few days later I received a Parking Charge for £125.
I tried to appeal with the HX Car Management and with the Independent Appeal Service but with no success.
A few days ago, I received a Letter Before Claim from Gladstones solicitors threatening with a legal action if I don't pay £160.
I'm not sure what to do.
Shall I pay or shall I go to the court?
Do I have any chance in the court with no legal experience?
Thank you for your help