BUSINESS-owner Jan Haines has hit out at the council over what she believes are overzealous parking wardens.
Mrs Haines, who has owned Geoff Foot Estate Agents for 11 years, is angry after being given two £50 fines in the last few months in the council car park next to her business in Elm Grove, Hayling Island.
The 51-year-old has spent around £4,000 in the last five years on parking permits for herself and her employees.
Earlier this year she was given a fine because the permit was displayed back to front, despite she claims, the writing still being visible.
Then in the latest dispute, she was given a fine because the new permit for the next year was displayed a day too early.
Mrs Haines spent £875 on permits for her and her staff and put the new permit in her car on June 18 – the same day the old one expired.
Wardens stated the new permit was not valid until June 19.
Mrs Haines said: ‘I am a businesswoman and we have worked very hard to keep this business afloat through the recession.
‘I certainly don’t need parking tickets to put me down. Are they trying to close down small businesses on Hayling? I feel like I have been targeted.’
Officials at the council said she did not display a valid permit.
A statement said: ‘The permit was not valid until June 19.
‘The permits that have been issued to Geoff Foot Estate Agents have two vehicle registrations displayed per permit for the Hayling Island car parks. These permits are issued for the use of two vehicles, one at a time within the named car park. If a vehicle is seen to be displaying an incorrect permit or one with an incorrect date, it could be the other permit is being used by the other vehicle at the same time. Only one permit must be on display in one vehicle at any one time.’
It added: ‘The whole incident was recorded on our civil enforcement officer’s body camera and it is clear that Jan Haines was aggressive towards the officer issuing the Parking Charge Notice.’
Natalie Meagher, service manager for environment and neighbourhood quality, said: ‘It is unfortunate that we have had to issue Jan Haines with another PCN, however the details of how these permits should be used and displayed correctly are included within the documentation sent out to all applicants.’