Window cleaner wins his parking ticket appeal

W35952H14  Window cleaner Oliver Plowman won his parking ticket appeal
W35952H14 Window cleaner Oliver Plowman won his parking ticket appeal

AFTER spending 30-hours working on an appeal against a parking ticket issued by Worthing Borough Council, window cleaner Oliver Plowman has won his case.

Mr Plowman, 60, was originally issued a ticket for £70 for parking in South Street Square, while cleaning windows in Chapel Road.

He said: “I think it should never have been given in the first place and I think common sense prevailed. I spent about 30 hours on this case, it’s ridiculous. I have had great support from everyone. Everyone has been so nice. I couldn’t have done it on my own.

“The adjudicator said the signs were ambiguous. He said ‘If I found it ambiguous then Mr Plowman must find it ambiguous as well.

“I could feel it was going my way. I feel us window cleaners, we don’t take the mickey, we are always polite. I don’t park there now, I keep well away.”

Following the decision, the council has asked for a review of the adjudicator’s decision.

A spokesman for the council said: “The adjudicator thought the signs were ambiguous at the location, and possibly made an error in law regarding what the restrictions were where the appellant had parked.

“We have made it clear that we do not wish for payment from the appellant even if the review overturns the original decision, it is merely to clarify points raised by the adjudicator.”

Before receiving the ticket, Mr Plowman believed he was allowed to park on the precinct while working. He said if that was not the case the council should have written to all window cleaners informing them.