Refund for drivers ticketed too early ahead of Lincoln Christmas market

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that drivers ticketed the day before the Lincoln Christmas market was due to start will have the fines cancelled.

As previously reported, businesses and residents in the area surrounding the annual market were told by City of Lincoln Council that parking restrictions and road closures would be put in place as usual from midnight on Thursday, December 3.

However, residents and shoppers on several streets were ticketed by County Council parking wardens, as conflicting parking restrictions signs were stuck with tape to lampposts and walls in the area, indicating the restrictions come into force from midnight Wednesday, December 2.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Every year we introduce parking restrictions for the Lincoln Christmas Market on the day before the event so market traders can setup their stalls.

“We correctly installed and signed the restrictions yesterday (December 2) but unfortunately 39 vehicles were issued with a parking ticket.

“I appreciate this must have caused confusion for residents and distress for those who received a penalty charge notice.

“Given the circumstances we have cancelled all of these fines with immediate effect and recipients need take no further action. One person has paid and we have refunded this.”

John Latham, Director of Development and Environmental Services at City of Lincoln Council, said: “We are very pleased to hear there has been a sensible resolution to this issue and residents, businesses and visitors to the city can now enjoy another fantastic Christmas Market.”

Find out everything you need to know in our Lincoln Christmas Market 2015 superguide.