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£100 fine - for parking outside your own home
IT is his dream home on a gleaming new Hampshire housing estate.
But what he thought was the perfect property has turned into a nightmare for Jon Stevens.
The 32-year-old has been banned from parking outside his own home in Brunswick Place, Totton, despite paying a £50,000 deposit for the £250,000 three-bedroom house.
Developer Linden Homes enforced new parking regulations five months ago ruling that the Ford Connect van he uses for his own insulation company cannot be left in the parking space beside his garage.
They insist “commercial vehicles” are not allowed anywhere on the estate and wardens from enforcement company Car Park Management (CPM) has already issued him with two £100 fines.
It is the latest battle in a soaring number of residents’ complaints since the new rules – which also trigger fines for anyone caught parking outside of designated bays.
Neighbours complain the lack of off-road spaces mean they have no option but to use the road and point out there are just three visitors’ bays serving 100 properties.
They claim wardens even ticket parents rushing in to drop young children off at the houses before returning their vehicles to garages round the corner.
Jon is forced to park in Totton town centre and walk ten minutes back home every night to avoid further fines.
He said: “We feel totally let down. When I bought this house they said I can park outside the garage, but now they’ve got the money for the house it seems as if they don’t care.
“I’m being discriminated against just because I’ve got a van. It’s causing so much extra stress that we are thinking of moving.”
Ironically he moved there with his partner Nicola Lanham, a nursery nurse, because parking was so bad at their previous home in Mill Road.
Neighbour Gary Cook, 25, is a scrap metal dealer and is refusing to pay ten tickets issued on his van.
He said: “It’s a nightmare because when we first moved here we were able to park.”
The company claims the streets must be clear for emergency vehicles.
Managing director of Linden Homes Southern, Matt Paine, said: “Each purchaser is taken through the parking allocation at reservation stage and ultimately it is a matter for each purchaser to decide for themselves if they wish to purchase on this basis.
“In terms of parking enforcement, the current regime has been introduced in direct response to feedback received from residents relating to vehicles parking in contravention of the legal purchase documentation.”
CPM refused to comment.
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