Just done the OMO today - and came back to the car to find a parking ticket on my car in the pay and display car park along the road from the leisure centre .
The parking at the leisure centre was full so we didn't have much choice- although the sign did say it was free on Sundays
Be warned if you do this event next year - be careful where you park as you may end up with a ticket - an expensive day out
We were not the only ones - many other cars were also ticketed
Won't be returning next year
if the sign says free on sundays and you were parking in the space correctly.....why didn't you take a photo of both and send that off with the parking ticket..
Also is it a council owned car park or a private one? they cant enforce parking tickets on private ones
I certainly wouldn't just pay up if it's supposed to be free on Sundays! Contest it!
Dartmoor runner hope this helps the sign in the car park reads from top to bottom
Teignbridge district council southdevon .public information. Parking on sundays is free of charge in this car park until 31st march 2013.
So providing you were in a designated parking space.no problem...........
loads of people got parking tickets at snowdonia marathon as they arrived too late and instead of using the carparks parked on the roadside.................the whole row of about 50 cars got one........
You parked in a restricted area and you subsequently got fined. Take your medicine.
Fair point. If you parked a coach in the coach space then appeal otherwise just make a confession on Ophra and you will feel better.
if you didn't park in the correct place then tough.........get there earlier next time.........
It does make you wonder why the parking patrol was there at all if parking is free on Sundays - it was at nearby Dawlish Warren car parks too - so sounds as if whole area is free - so why the patrol?
Sounds as if they were ambushing runners as they knew event was on.....
maybe as residents had complained about people parking where they shouldn't and so the council responded by sending out a team to monitor the situation
But if people were parking in the coach spaces, which one assumes the coaches have to pay for, and also that the coaches aren't allowed to park in car spaces, you were breaking the T's & C's of the car park...
As Jeremy says - no housing nearby - also the likelihood of any coaches appearing at 10.30 on a cold January morning in Dawlish...........!!
It is the injustice of them doing this purposefully - bet they won't be there next Sunday...
And that negates all T's & C's ?
please don't blame the race for this (unless they specified in their race information that the car park was free). And by blaming the race, I don't mean blaming them directly, I mean by not doing this event again.
I think Bandit Runner has pointed to what's happened. And I'm not surprised that people ticketed are pissed off, I would be too. Often the small print IS small print or at the very end when you've been bored of reading at the second line.
I've taken interest in this because it's local, it's not my running club (I'm SWRR) but I'm organising an aquathlon on a Sunday soon starting at the Leisure centre and am glad to be aware of this, I might put something in our race notes.
Also the Dawlish Coasters are good people, do return to their race. I'll shoot a few council employees in the meantime for you
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