Hello all - I'm hoping those in the know could offer me some advice please?
I recently had to run into town literally for about 30 seconds and parked my vehicle in an area at the back of some shops. There were multiple other free spaces (not lined out by the way) and I caused no obstruction. I got about 25 feet from my car when I was nearly knocked over by a man in the regulation hi-vis jacket as he virtually ran out of the alleyway I was then entering. I went out of sight for literally (no lie!) 20 seconds, checked what I needed to check, and was back at my car in well under a minute. There was the 'Attendant' at my car who told me "You're getting a ticket for not having a permit". I explained I'd been less than a minute as he'd passed me a short distance away and was told that we're not the council, we don't have to give you any time. I explained my reasons for being in town and why I'd parked where I had and he said that he didn't care, it's private property and there's signs everywhere. My passenger (who was in the car while it was parked) said he'd come over to the car immediately upon leaving the alleyway as if he'd had a tip-off (probably from CCTV) that the car was parked there, it wasn't like he strolled past and noticed it. The 'Enforcement Notice' has the location missing (as he was in such a hurry to complete it) - he'd only written the index number, make and model before I returned back, so you can tell I wasn't long!
My gut reaction is to pay as I can't afford the £60 as the mo, but definitely can't afford an increased charge later on, but would be really grateful for your opinions please? Thanks very much.