A MOTORIST has won a four-month long dispute over a parking ticket.
Raymond Ashcroft, of Thatcher Close, West Drayton, only popped out for a pint of milk but ended up with weeks of stress-related sleepless nights.
Mr Ashcroft first got in touch with the Gazette back in March, shortly after he was given a Saturday morning ticket for parking in Swan Road, West Drayton, yards from his home.
Because roadworks were being carried out at the time, the bay he parked in was suspended and he was served with a ticket, even though he only stopped for about a minute to go to a shop.
He disputed the ticket, arguing the temporary parking enforcement was not properly signposted, but Hillingdon Council insisted he had to pay.
Last week, he got in touch with the Gazette after receiving a letter dated July 13 saying his grounds for argument had not been established and he would have to pay.
He said: "I was told it was pay £100 or appeal to the adjudicator, and if I do not pay within 28 days there would be legal action.
"It was not right. I have been losing sleep over it, all over a stupid parking ticket, but I refuse to pay it on a matter of principle. I feel victimised."
To make his frustration even worse, another driver from Uxbridge, who parked his car in the same spot at the same time and who was also issued with a ticket, had managed to have his cancelled.
After the Gazette stepped in to ask Hillingdon Council the reasons for the disparity between the two drivers' treatment, Mr Ashcroft was told his ticket, too, would be cancelled.
After hearing the news he said: "I think they realised what an error they have made.
"They told me no way would I get let off, they kept pursuing me with it.
"I heard numerous people were ticketed that day - March 6 - and some may well have paid up.
"The parking teams just appeared out of nowhere and slapped a ticket on the car.
"I can laugh about it now. I said: 'No way am I letting this go', and I'm glad.
"I thank the Gazette for their help." Hillingdon Council confirmed the ticket had been quashed.
** If you genuinely believe you have been issued a parking ticket unjustly, get in touch. Email editorialuxbridge@ trinitysouth.co.uk or call 01895 451 000.