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G24 pcn Sports Direct, Heathcote Rd, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 2NU .Not Paid, yet.

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Hi, six months ago I visited a local retail site  .


I have visited this site many times ,and the parking has always been pay and display ,with free parking for blue badge holders. So as a blue badge holder the car was parked in a blue badge bay . A few weeks later I received a PCN , as the keeper of the car , saying that a parking ticket had not been paid for  , and showing a photo of the car entering and leaving the car park . I was shocked , there was no signage to say that blue badge holders had to pay for a ticket.


I spoke to someone who advised to ignore this for the moment.  A month later received a final notice letter from G24 saying that they would pass my info on to a debt collecting company if I did not pay . I then received a letter from a debt collecting company asking me to pay the penalty charge, which had now increased from £100 to £160 . I was getting a little worried as I have never in my life had debt collectors chasing me , and questioned if maybe there was signage that was not seen , so I got a friend to take me down to the retail park .


I was shocked at what I saw ,large warning signs every where I, they made you scared to even enter the car park. In front of the blue badge bays were large signs probably 3ft by 2ft saying that BLUE BADGE HOLDERS HAVE TO PAY.  These signs were definatley not there when I was issued a PCN , you would be frightened not to buy a ticket. I spoke to a shop worker who said the signs have only been up for a couple of months ,due to complaints from customers.


However , I recently received another letter from the debt collectors stating that if I didn’t pay within two weeks they may look at starting court proceedings against me  so I have decided that if I get a LBA , maybe I should pay up . I am retired and have never had a CCJ or been to court ,so wouldn’t know what do . What would you advise .


Thanks ,Roxy 

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please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Have a look at this link 


Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.


It would be an idea if you went back to the car park and see if you could identify where the new signs are and compare it to the google  picture. I don't know when this was taken, but somebody will know how to find out.

Anyway, the important thing is to be able to show that the signs are relatively recent. If you can find signs in the car park today which are present on the image then it would be a good idea to take a copy of the image – maybe a screenshot and then to mark in where the new signs are.

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In fact there are different versions from 2009 – 2020.

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You are the fifth motorist to ask for help regarding this car park within the last few weeks.  So far no-one has been taken to court.  Indeed no-one has even received a LBA.  So for the moment there's nothing to worry about.


The debt collector letters are laughable - they can't do anything as it's not their debt!


We're still unsure if this is a retail park car park, or Sports Direct's own car park.  It's a strange set up from what I can see on Google Maps (see attachment), on the one hand the car park is not just for Sports Direct, on the other there is only one other shop there and the entrance sign refers to Matalan/Sports Direct.com Customer Car Park (rather than it being called a retail park or some such, indeed Sports Direct's logo is used in the title).


One of the other motorists got onto the store in Stoke, and was fobbed off.  I suggest you e-mail the CEO  [email protected]  and attach any proof of purchase and demand the ticket be cancelled.  Now they might come back and say it's not their car park and they can do nothing, but nothing ventured ...

Stoke-on-Trent, England - Google Maps — Mozilla Firefox 14_05_2021 12_57_31-converted(1).pdf

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We could do with some help from you.



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The image on Google Maps shows that it was captured 'June 2015'

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My time as a Police Officer and subsequently time working within the Motor Trade gives me certain insights into the problems that consumers may encounter.

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