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    • You’ll be pleased to hear after giving them 7 days notice that I would be taking the matter further they have sent me the correct chair and collected the wrong chair without making me pay for the courier. Makes me so angry that they tried to get away with replacing my chair with a cheaper, different version and refused to take accountability.  Thank you for your help and advice.  
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    • We were told that to service our twin axle caravan the cost was £250.  We also requried additional work and we would pay to have done.  We were phoned by the dealer and told cost was £279 which was fair enough for the extra work as labour charge is £60 an hour.  On collection they added on extras like oil, grease and brake cleaner at £8, CO2 gas check at £3 and 32mm Alko flange at £18.  On the two previous occasions the charge of £250 included oil, grease, brake cleaner and Alko flange which is a one shot nut.  the caravan has done 1050 miles since it slast servcie in Oct 2019.  How can they do a service without using oil, grease and brake cleaner?  For the amount of £8 I coudl have bought a tin of grease, a can of oil and a can of brake cleaner.  It is a caravan that does not have an engine and the only actual service parts are the running gear i.e. axles, wheels and hitch.  All the rest are checks i.e. damp check and gas pressure check for leaks.  As for the CO2 gas check is a totla rip off as CO2 is carbon dioxide and not carbon monoxide!  To justify the charge of £3 they used regulations relating to tenancy domestic agreement which is not applicable to caravans ! Unfortunately as they had our caravan to get it back we had no option except to pay for the service plus the extras!  Really annoyed, but what can you do as they have you over a barrel?    
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PCN - Reading - Watlington Street


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Hi guys,

 

I got a PCN for parking in Watlington street in Reading. There was a post with two plates on it. Apparently I wasn't supposed to park on the left side of it, which I obviously did. I parked there on Sunday between around 11:15-12:00.

 

It was really confusing, as on the right hand side of the post I could see the remanings of double yellow lines. I thought left side is a 'safer' option. 

 

I have attached the photos. My car is Honda Civic on the far left.

 

Is it worth appealing?

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Marcin

 

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Can't see any grounds for appeal.

Yes, left and right pointing arrows on the relevant sign would have made it crystal clear, but logically you cannot have a bay that is permit holders only and yet allows non-permit holders to park there too.

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Thank you Michael. I agree - logically the situation is clear. If only I have looked properly at those plates...

 

Anyways, the reason I asked for advice is the below thread. I could see the pictures of similar signage and people reporting successful appeal. The thread is quite old though. Anything changed in law or what is the difference in my situation that I have no grounds for appeal?

 

Thank you

 

 

 

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Appeal! You have nothing to lose. Just write a calm, polite letter explaining you mis-read it, and suggesting the signs should have arrows for clarity. Mention you could have parked freely to the right of the sign - so there was no intent to defraud or exploit the rules. Very sorry, won't do it again etc etc.

 

There is a chance they will cancel it for you.

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