National Trust member criticises new parking charges
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Tom Coulton, 37, and his partner drove to Victoria Warehouse to see the band Jungle on September 17, as they live over 20 miles away in Wigan. Because they had never been to the Stretford warehouse before, they decided to follow other vehicles also attending the concert.
Tom said they saw cars moving in towards some yellow metal parking signs, so they also followed.
Other drivers appeared to be handing over cash to two men who were wearing high-visibility jackets and appeared to be directing people to park on the pavement.
Tom and his partner paid £10 and gave the cash directly to one of the men and were instructed to park on Pomona Strand, around 10 minutes from the venue.
They were not given a parking ticket or any proof of purchase from the two men.
Tom said he had a “gut feeling” that something may not be right, so decided to film the so-called attendants on his phone.
Speaking on the aftermath of the gig, Tom said: “I thought for my own protection I am just going to video these guys. If there is something dodgy, I don’t want to get shafted.
“We went to the gig and everything was fine. Everyone else was coming out and collecting their cars.
“It was quite a long road and there were lots of other cars parking there too – maybe around 100.
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“They were wearing high visibility jackets but they didn’t say anything on them.
“It’s angered me so much,” he told Manchester Evening News.
The concertgoers went home and thought nothing of the incident, until November 11, when he received a £70 parking fine from Trafford Council.
The letter stated the driver had parked on the double yellow lines illegitimately and that he had failed to pay the reduced amount in the 14-day grace period.
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