Firstly, deep breath......................
I am still very, very, very, very, very angry and upset.
In short I came to get in my car this evening and found that the University 'security' (and I use that term loosely) had deemed it necessary to clamp my car!
Why? Well seemingly it was parked in an area deemed 'not suitable for parking, causing a possible obstruction to pedestrians and other vehicles'!
A bit of background............
.............the University of Liverpool charges its staff to park in their poorly patrolled, unsecured (no officers on site, no cameras), easily accessable car parks. The reason: to pay for the barriers they installed on each car park and to try and reduce the numbers of cars on campus (ie. a 'green' excuse). I have to travel 25 odd miles to work, I do not live close to the University and pay approx £30 a month to park in a car park that until last year was free to park in and had been for the previous 10 years I worked at the University.
With this came a new 'regime' of parking rules which I obey. I have parked in the same space on and off for 5 years and never
not even once (even when other 'illegally' parked cars in the car park have been clamped) have I received a warning not to park my car in that space. The space is in a hatched yellow area but is itself not a hatched area - it is laid out as a car space as is the space in front of it. As I say never have I seen a car parked in either space being clamped until today. I have pictures of my present car and my last Alfa parked in the same space from this year and last year.
So why was I clamped? Well the 'security officer' told me that there was a crack down this week - 'not that you were targeted of course Sir'. So how come today it's illegal but yesterday and Monday and all of the previous years it wasn't? He doesn't have an answer.
Do I suspect a money making racket? Surely not
Anyway I had to pay £30 for the thing to be taken off and then come back to find, yes you guessed it (and I suspected it) the alloy has been gouged where the clamp was
. The 'security' guys and their clamp were gone before I got back to the car (I had to walk across campus to pay the fine, they people in the van wouldn't take payment
I am going to appeal and as I was phoning 'security' I was approached by a fellow member of staff (who regularly parks her Mini in the other 'illegal' space to tell me that she would gladly offer her name and support to an appeal. She like me has been parking in these spaces for years and never has received as much as a warning.
Anyway rant over, sorry it is very long and probably contains many spelling mistakes (
) but I am so disappointed that my employer would treat me like this