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Car owner says he is being driven out of town by parking fines

Motorist launches legal action against Camden Council

28 May, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

John Austen is taking legal action

A MOTORIST says he could move house due to a parking dispute that means he must move his car every two hours to avoid fines.

Sound technician John Austen is now taking legal action after having his resident’s parking permit in Camden Square taken away. Instead, he has been left using pay and display tickets.

Mr Austen said: “The situation is costing me approximately £3,000 per year in parking costs, has been going on for nine months and it’s currently looking like I will have to leave Camden altogether due to these unbelievable costs.”

He said had been paying £3.30 an hour since his permit was cancelled last July after council officials found it was invalid and refused to issue a new one.

Mr Austen now sets his mobile phone to alert him to move his car every two hours between 8.30am and 6.30pm.

“There needs to be some communication,” said Mr Austen. “They don’t tell you when a permit has expired. It seems they have targets to hit. They must be deep into millions with the profit they are making. Their only course of action now should be to reinstate the permit and validate address.”

The council said they could not comment on the case as it is subject to a legal hearing set to take place in August.

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