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Controversial Odeon car park signs

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A car park operator has applied for retrospective permission from Blackpool Council for signage at a car park where some motorists have questioned the validity of their fines.

Deeside-based Care Parking is seeking advertisement consent for 52 terms and conditions signs and a non-illuminated entrance sign at Festival Park, Rigby Road, Blackpool.
On its application form, the company says the signs are “positioned throughout the car park of the leisure centre in order to ensure that all customers are aware of the terms and conditions of parking and so that the site can be managed efficiently.
“The signs have been positioned in order to ensure that no matter where an individual parks, they are easily able to see a sign.”
Council officials have previously confirmed no planning permission was required for the installation of a camera at the site which automatically detects motorists’ number plates, because it does not constitute development.
However the signs do require advertisement consent.
Parking restrictions were introduced at the site, which serves the Odeon cinema,  Swift Hound pub, Frankie and Benny’s Italian-American restaurant, Bannatyne gym, and McDonalds, in November last year.
Motorists can only stay for up to three hours or  else face being charged £100, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days. People can register with the businesses on site to stay for longer if they need to.
Some drivers have questioned the validity of the penalties they have received due to the fact the scheme has been introduced ahead of the necessary consent from the council.

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