Homeowners in Horncastle have lodged complaints with the council after their cars have been “wrongly” issued parking tickets.
Since changes in parking measures were introduced earlier this year, patrols in the town have been stepped up in a bid to catch out motorists who haven’t paid to park.
But residents in West Street, at the junction of the A153, believe that a lay-by outside their homes does not fall under any parking restrictions, and yet they have received numerous tickets on their cars.
James Tempest, one of the residents affected, told the News he was forced to park away from the lay-by after he was issued a parking ticket.
His car was then damaged - and he feels as though the responsibility lies with the council.
Mr Tempest said: “Graeme Butler - senior highways manager for Lincolnshire County Council - told me that previous issues had been resolved and that I would be able to park outside my house.
“Then I received my first ever parking ticket, forcing me to park my vehicle at the other end of the street where it has been vandalised.”
Mr Tempest has written to LCC stating that he believes they are responsible for the damage caused to his car as a result of being forced to park it away from his house.
A neighbour of Mr Tempest’s, Julia Bagchi, also received two parking tickets on her car despite having had no problems parking in front of her home before the new parking restrictions were brought into the town.
“We have been told by Graeme Butler that we shouldn’t pay the parking tickets because we have a gentleman’s agreement in place allowing us to park there,” Mrs Bagchi said.
Both Mr Tempest and Mrs Bagchi expressed their thanks to Graeme Butler who has liaised with them.
Alan Read, owner of Alan Read Antiques next to the lay-by, said: “I have always understood that the space outside my shop belongs to me.
“I’ve been there 18 years and received my first parking ticket last weekend.”
Graeme Butler said: “We are currently reviewing parking on West Street and will speak with residents to find a solution.”
Matt Jones, parking services officer, said:
“If anyone feels their ticket was issued incorrectly we would encourage them to challenge the decision as per the instructions on the reverse of the ticket.”