Easebourne man loses fight over £70 ticket

Bring it on - Nicholas Sercombe happy to fight the council.'''Photo by Louise Adams C130169-1 Mid Parking Ticket
Bring it on - Nicholas Sercombe happy to fight the council.'''Photo by Louise Adams C130169-1 Mid Parking Ticket

AN EASEBOURNE man has lost a long battle with Chichester District Council after being issued with what he claimed was an ‘illegal’ parking ticket.

Nicholas Sercombe had been locked in a 14-month battle over a £70 parking ticket which had racked up a £1,000 bill, claiming this was a ‘misuse of taxpayers’ money’.

He said he was legally using a loading bay in Midhurst’s North Street when he was issued with the ticket.

Chichester District Council would not waive the fine and told Mr Sercombe if he didn’t pay up it would take him to tribunal.

He told the council if he paid, he would sue.

But Mr Sercombe was ordered to pay more than £1,000 costs when he appeared at Chichester County Court on Tuesday.

Presiding, Judge Reynolds told Nicholas Sercombe he had ‘some sympathy’ with him. The judge said his court had ‘limited jurisdiction’ and had to deal with the case as an appeal against the original penalty charge.

But he said it was a matter that could have been taken further by the traffic penalty tribunal.

“He had the right to make formal representation at the tribunal but forfeited this by paying the fine,” said Judge Reynolds.

Mr Sercombe took the case to court in 2012 but Chichester District Council failed to get a defence together – and it lost the case in December for incorrectly issuing a parking ticket. However, he never received his payout and told the council he would take legal advice.

Mr Sercombe said: “I’m using this parking ticket as an example to show the system is completely wrong. I have been issued a ticket incorrectly and I shouldn’t be paying for the cost. I have had to shoulder my own costs.

“I’m arguing over the principle, not the figure.

“Even if I won at tribunal, they would carry on issuing tickets and nothing would change. If I lose, nothing changes.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Sercombe said: “I have been bamboozled by the system. People will still be issued with illegal parking tickets, and no-one will park in Midhurst.”