I was fined for leaving my engine in my OWN parking space and the company was unwelcome

An angry condominium resident has shared how she was fined for parking in her OWN lot.

Donna Hefferon, 40, has been living with wife Lisa in a flat at Marsland House in Stockport for the past 12 months.

The gated community in Stockport


The gated community in StockportPhoto credit: MEN Media

She says she can park in the residents’ lot as part of her lease with the Johnnie Johnson Housing Community, which owns the properties.

She has a permit which she puts on the windscreen of her vehicle – but was fined when the laminated permit fell off the windscreen.

Donna was slapped with a £170 parking ticket for the alleged offense on November 13 last year.

She rejected them, but was told the appeal period had passed and it was too late. Now she is being hunted by a collection agency.

Donna said: “We live in a gated community and have a key fob that opens the gates for cars to drive in. I have my permit displayed on my windshield.

“The laminated permit had fallen off the windshield and was not fully visible, but still visible. I pay a service fee to maintain the grounds and gardens and it says on our lease that we can park.”

Donna says she reached out to Johnnie Johnson Housing Community, who said they provided everyone with a permit holder to tape to the vehicle’s windshield to prevent the permits from sliding off or being blown onto the ground.

However, Donna said she felt they had treated her plight “dismissively.”

She says, “I’m pretty disgusted with it now, it’s going to hurt my credit if I get a CCJ. I’ve contested it, but it’s putting pressure on my marriage.”

The ticket has since been cancelled, a spokesman for the company said.

A spokesman for Marsland House said: “Marsland House has limited parking. To prevent the wider community from parking in customer-only lots, Johnnie Johnson Housing has consulted with local residents about establishing a permit holder parking system. Local residents voted in favour, and the scheme has now been in place for several years.

“The municipal housing officer for the local area is responsible for issuing permits to residents. Permits must be clearly displayed on the car windshield to prevent a parking ticket being issued.

“Occasionally the permit is forgotten or slips down. If this happens, we ask that the resident contact her Community Housing Officer immediately so she can contact the park enforcement team to verify that she is a permit holder and that the ticket can be waived.

“However, if the Community Housing Officer is not notified, the park enforcement team will continue with their process and a fine may be imposed. As soon as we become aware of problems, we step in to solve them.

“Our Community Housing Officers will always strive to work with our residents to ensure they receive the support and assistance they need.

“In this case, we spoke to Donna Hefferon and then contacted the parking control team on her behalf. As a result, the ticket was canceled and the matter is now closed. We apologize for any stress or inconvenience this may have caused Donna Hefferon and can confirm that there is no outstanding fine.” I was fined for leaving my engine in my OWN parking space and the company was unwelcome

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