The Dirty Dancing Adjudicator
3 May 2006
Caroline Hamilton is the adjudicator nominated to assess the appeal I have lodged against a parking ticket issued by Wesminster Council.
See also Royal Parking Kerfuffle
There is no appeal against the adjudicator’s decision but you can contest the adjudicator’s decision, even though it is final, but if you really feel like it you can have one more go at getting justice but the adjudicator is never wrong and if you really must go with this you can, but they are never going to give in so why bother?
By this attrition based appeal process they wear you down. The adjudicator is not really an adjudicator. A civil servant is hardly going to allow an appeal that might undermine the revenue of a city council by setting a precedent that obliges the council to do things properly when they are apparently conditioned to torment the public at will and fill those coffers with revenue.
This is what it comes down to.
I wrote to the council and objected to the parking ticket because there are no signs prohibiting parking in the entire street.
The Council ignored my letter.
I wrote again and say again the same thing, this time “recorded delivery”
The Council responded to my letter but ignores my point about the signs, simply replying that parking is not allowed
I wrote again and tell them to stop ignoring my letter.
They write again and tell me to seek a review of the decision.
I wrote again seeking a review and saying again the same thing, “recorded delivery”
They wrote again to me again and say parking is not allowed and that this is made clear on parking meters and pay and display machines
I wrote again and tell them that they should visit Stafford Street because there no signs prohibiting parking and no parking meters, and no pay and display machines.
They wrote again and say parking is not allowed in Stafford Street and invite me to appeal.
This was like starting again
I made an appeal and again make the same point about the signs.
Westminster Council made a statement ignoring the correspondence so far and stating that I parked there, and that parking is not allowed there.
The adjudicator decides upon the appeal by weighing-up the statements provided by myself and Westminster Council before setting out the reasons for finding in favour of the Council
The adjudicator found that the onus was on me to seek out the parking restriction notices that do not exist in Stafford Street, but where they do exist. The adjudicator has not said where they are, but is nevertheless confident that they are somewhere to be found someplace.
The adjudicator made no comment about the councils duty to inform the public about parking restriction with “clarity” That would appear to be a reasonable charge to answer but the adjudicator decided to ignore this.
Thus the adjudicator embellished the Council’s argument and ignored mine.
I have now lodged an objection to the appeal decision which I also expect to be ignored also. Watch This Space