Man is furious after being fined £424 for parking in front of his own house – and fears something like this could happen again
A man was furious after being fined £424 for parking outside his own house during last year’s Parklife Music Festival.
Reece Dawson, from Prestwich, Manchester, left his Ford Focus outside his home during the music festival in June as festival-goers searched residential streets for parking.
The warden imposed a fine because his car did not have a special resident parking permit.
However, Reece and his family said they applied for two additional permits after receiving them, but no more were issued.
Reece was initially only fined £70. However, if he agreed to pay the fine within 14 days, it would be reduced to just £35.
Reece Dawson, from Prestwich, Manchester, was furious after being fined £424 for parking outside his own home during last year’s Parklife Music Festival
The electrician tried unsuccessfully to appeal the decision and was later greeted with a letter from the bailiff asking for £189 and another saying the fee had risen to £424.
Although Reece has paid the fine in full, his family is now concerned as they have not yet received their permits for this year’s festival.
In conversation with the Manchester evening newsReece’s mum Julie explained how worried she is as the family live near Heaton Park – where the festival is taking place.
She said: “We live in Woodhill Grove.” “I knocked on the door on the street and found that of 24 houses on the street – ten including us – no permit at all had been obtained.”
The music festival takes place in Heaton Park in June every year and festival-goers throng for parking spaces on residential streets (pictured: the 2022 event).
She explained that she and her husband, their three adult children and two teenagers live in the home, which means they need seven permits as they also have work vehicles.
She added, “The folks behind Parklife make a lot of money, but they can’t solve the simple problem of giving parking permits to people who rightfully deserve them.”
John Drape, a spokesman for Parklife, has insisted the family get their permits in time for the upcoming festival.
He said: “I am aware of Ms Dawson’s case and we hope to have her permits delivered by today or tomorrow. She wants seven permits and she will get them.”