GREAT Pottery Throw Down judge Keith Brymer Jones broke out at a local golf club after they slapped him with a £60 fine – for staying just 12 minutes in their car park.
Potter, who was knocked off, had only arrived at Trentham Golf Club in Stoke-on-Trent to give a radio interview before the charge.
Keith later took to Twitter after becoming furious that Smart Parking – which operates the car park – refused to waive the fine despite his appeal.
He said Stoke on Trent Live how he had stopped in the private car park at around 3.40pm on March 7 – the day after the finale of his show was broadcast on Channel 4 – to conduct a telephone interview with BBC Radio Shropshire.
Keith says so Parking lot was almost empty when he stopped because of the pouring rain and had nowhere else to stop safely.
Nine signs at Barlaston Old Road Club clearly provide information about a 10 minute grace period and instructions to “report to registration to validate your complete and correct vehicle registration number”.
Failure to do so could result in drivers being fined £100, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days of the date of issue.
But Keith insists he did not notice the signs due to bad weather conditions.
He said: “I was there for 10 to 12 minutes at most and didn’t even get out of the car.”
Three weeks later he receive a fine notice and was so upset that he called the golf club on Twitter.
He tweeted: “So……I’m dressing @GolfTrentham to do a radio interview with @BBCShropshire @BbcStoke as it was pouring rain. The parking lot is practically empty. I’m there 10 minutes and get a parking fine. Thanks Trentham Golf Club while promoting @VisitStoke.”
He also posted an archive image of the parking lot – although one of the parking rules signs was clearly visible in the photo.
He added: “I could understand if I was obstructing someone or doing a 3 hour session at the bar across the street but I just dragged myself to be safe.
“I would have thought that a bit of discretion would have gotten it turned down.”
I was there for 10-12 minutes at most and didn’t even get out of the car
Keith Bryan Jones
The potter paid the £60 fee, he admits it “has left me with a bitter feeling” and “feels so pathetic and petty”.
Keith Brymer Jones rose to fame with The Great Pottery Throw Down, which has aired on Channel 4 since 2015.
A spokesman for Trentham Golf Club said: “Trentham Golf Club regrets Mr Jones’ initial experience with the golf club and the fact that rather than raise the matter with the General Manager he has instead chosen to take to social media to express.
“Had he entered the clubhouse or the pros’ shop, as a guest he would have been reminded to enter his license plate number, which would have ensured that no fine would have been imposed.
“There are no fewer than nine large signs informing members and visitors of where to park. Mr Jones must have passed several of these signs when entering and exiting the club car park.”
The Sun Online has reached out to Smart Parking for comment regarding the parking fine.
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