Parking signs taken down after mistake

Parking sign
Parking sign

Signs warning motorists they could be fined have been taken down on a Daventry road after the firm was told they had gone up in the wrong place.

The signs were put up in the area between the back of the properties on Sheaf Street and shops in Foundry Court including Scholes, Doyle 
Carpets and Slave hairdressers.

The signs said it was a private parking area and that those caught parking without a permit would be fined £100, reduced to £50 if paid within two weeks.

Becky Chan, who runs a business in Sheaf Street, said: “The signs shouldn’t have even gone up in the first place as the land is owned by Daventry District Council and isn’t private at all.”

It seems the firm was asked to put the signs up for a small area of private land to the rear of some of the High Street properties. But a mistake resulted in the signs posted around the whole road, much to the confusion of people who had parked there for years.

DDC told the Daventry Express it did own the majority of the parking space, and said: “As soon as we were aware of the issue we informed the parking enforcement company that they were acting without authorisation and they have confirmed they will be removing the signs and ending enforcement activities.”

The signs have now all been taken down from the DDC land, leaving only those on the actual private parking spaces.