Butcher wins battle to overturn more than 50 parking tickets worth £20,000

Butcher wins battle to overturn more than 50 parking tickets worth £20,000

04/11/2021

A BUTCHER has won his battle to overturn more than 50 parking tickets worth £20,000.

Gareth Sell had been parking on double yellow lines near his shop for years when he started getting the fines in 2019.


The 36-year-old argued the road was private and took on Surrey county council. They finally admitted defeat and offered £300 in compensation.

Dad-of-four Gareth got 200 letters about his blue Audi and even moved to escape bailiffs who tracked him down to his home and Tadworth shop.

He said of his win: “It feels really good. One, it’s like phew I haven’t got that massive debt, and two, it wasn’t right what they were doing.

“A lot of residents came in and said ‘well done for fighting’ but others were saying ‘you’re stupid, why are you doing this, just pay them’.


“£300 is insulting. I’ve spent countless evenings going through obscure bits of law.”

Reigate and Banstead borough council had insisted they could paint the lines because of a 2004 traffic regulation order.

But Gareth still refused to stop parking there until he saw a copy.

He then found official documents online which proved the lines were in the wrong place by four metres.

A Social Care Ombudsman raised the importance of his complaint, and in March the county council acknowledged the error and apologised.

It asked the borough council to remove all penalties and refund his bailiff payments.

But Gareth, of Redhill, believes that is “insulting” and said he will take them to court.

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