Families left facing £140 bill after cars were towed during Savoy Cinema trip
FAMILIES enjoying a trip to the cinema were left facing a £140 bill after their cars were towed.
Jayne Lloyd was among a number of people who left the Savoy cinema on Saturday and returned to Park Street to find her car was not where she had parked it.
The mother-of-two noted ‘No loading’ signs when she arrived but did not think they banned her from parking.
Nottingham City Council claims the notices have been at the site since February 23 advising people of the ban which has been in force since February 26. The council also said it did not start towing cars until February 27.
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When the Post visited Park Road on Tuesday, it discovered signs have been added since Saturday. The city council said it is not reponsible for those signs.
Mrs Lloyd, 37, of Mapperley, who was with her two five-year-old twins, said she has written to the council.
“The signage did not say no parking and there were no markings on the road to denote that we could not park there,” she said.
“There was no notification as to where the cars were. We were left stranded with two cold small children along with a number of other families with children with no idea what to do – I have never even had a parking ticket before.
“I am absolutely disgusted that the council could do this. People were actually sat on the road crying along with confused little children, many of whom didn't even have warm clothes on as they had been in the cinema.”
Mrs Lloyd said a number of other people also had their cars towed.
A city council spokesman said the council aims to give people as much notice of parking restrictions as possible.
“Signs notifying people of a temporary traffic order for Newark Street and Park Street went up on February 23rd,” he said.
“The order went into effect on February 26th and we didn’t start removing cars from the area until February 27th. The area that is affected is 47 metres in length and we have a sign telling people of the restrictions approximately every nine metres.
“Before we tow cars away we take a picture of where they are parked. We only tow cars from within this area where cars are parked near clearly displayed signs.”
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