Thanks for the warning. Hold on to any paper work they gave you and keep the ticket too! Don't assume you were in the wrong, because it is clear that in many cases car park owners are not ensuring that a 'contract' with you was established.
The company you mention are not members of the British Parking Association http://www.britishparking.co.uk and thus have no automatic right to access owner information from the DVLA. Never give these people your name or address. You may be interested to see a video on YouTube where the BBC's 'One Show' did secret filming in this Haworth car park. The point about owner information is covered by Trading Standards in the video.
You mention Martin Lewis, and you should always check with websites on the CURRENT legal position about responding to demands through the post from private parking companies, as the advice has changed a little. It's best to be safe. Try not to be intimated by them, stay cool, keep calm, don't do anything in haste - think carefully about your options and when you are not churning up inside. This is an industry that uses shock to fluster people into making expensive decisions.
I am not part of any company and I cannot offer you any services whatsoever but, what I am doing is compiling a strictly confidential list of concerned people who can be contacted by me only if breakthroughs are established. The reason for this is that historically, thousands of victims of such companies have remained isolated and therefore powerless against a backdrop of zero law enforcement. For that reason I am offering my own mobile number (not a third party) if you need it. I am Mark, my number is: 07434 228 293. Thank you for raising this topic here and please encourage others to share their experiences on Virtual Tourist. If I have any useful more general points to make I will also post here.
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The Car Park opposite the Edinburgh Woollen Mill should be avoided.
When I parked there I just thought it was a standard council car park. Little did I realise it was privately owned.
I parked my car, paid the fee of £3 and admittedly returned 6 minutes late and saw a ticket on the windscreen.
Then a man with a high vis jacket came over and told me that they wait for 5 minutes and then issue a ticket. He didn't identify himself at all but said he was only doing his job.
However, rather than pay the £100 fee if I contact the Company I could pay him in person £60.
As I didn't know him from Adam I declined his generous offer.
I decided initially to contact the Company and appeal. I did notice that the company email address was just a Hotmail one which was also a little worrying.
My son then told me that this practice was shown on the Martin Lewis show and was basically a scam and he advised to ignore them. Which I am currently doing. It spoilt an otherwise lovely day.
Visitors should note that there are no banks in the village - the nearest banks are in Keighley. I know many people have been caught out expecting a popular tourist village to have a bank but this is not the case.
There is however a post office at the top of Main Street and this is open every day with the exception of Wednesday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and Sundays. It does have a bureau de change.
The only cash machine in the village is at the Spar shop near the railway station.
DO NOT PARK in this car park opposite the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. The Clampers here 'set up' parking spaces (ie: park two vehicles with a space in the middle so it appears a usual parking space). They watch you park up whilst sitting in the Hyundai car parked up next to the hut. They later remove one of the cars and say you have parked out of a bay/blocked an exit. Also, they later remove their front number plate so you cannot trace who they are exactly. The car park is unlit.
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Please avoid Haworth, for years now there has been a privalty run car park in opertaion that scares disbaled people - the elderly, anyone with large thuggish men intimidatng unsuspecting people into paying a £75 fine to get thier car released from a clamp.
They have people working for them who:
1) Drive out as you drive in and offer you thier ticket - take it - you will be immedialty clamped.
2) They use thier own cars to block spaces to make you park out of the so called " bays" ( rough stone ground not even or cleary marked anyway) - clamp
3) Fiddle with the ticket clock to confuse you so you arrive back on time your time - but fall foul of them - clamp.
Sadly the town has done nothing to promote how awful this place is and if you read hte " bronte parsonage" Haworth clampers blog - http://www.blogger.com/comment.do
you will see how many people 0 hundred in fact have been sadly tricked in this car park and ripped off and scared.
The b and bs dont tell you - the resturants - the locals dont seem to mind and to me its like the film jaws - where the town mayer and the locals dont mind that tourists are swimming with a killer shark because they want your tourist money!
Dont visit this place - the town or the car park.
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The photo shows just how steep Main Street is . The best way to walk along Main Street is to take a local bus from the lower village (near to the station) up to the stop at the church and then walk down the street.
While the cobbled streets are delightful to look at, they play havoc on careless walkers! I saw a couple of people trip while walking up / down the main road. There were even a few girls tottering about in high-heels who almost did themselves an injury as they hobbled into a nearby pub!
I was reading a bit about the village in the Parsonage Museum and it was mentioned that the cobbles in the main street were made to stand out as much as they do, to enable the horses pulling their carts up the steep street grip the stones better...
You might get caught short of cash while treating yourself to all the delights Haworth has to offer, if you do run out, bare in mind that although there is an ATM, there is only one in the village. The ATM is in the entrance to the SPAR opposite Haworth Station - about a ten-minute walk from the main street. The walk down is fantastic - lovely views across the Moors, the walk back up again is less blissful - a rather steep trudge: you are warned!
It is not really a danger but as I mentioned before that Haworth can become extremely busy and parking a problem.
There is a small pay and display (pay at a meter and attach your ticket to inside of car windscreen) car park adjacent to the Museum/Parsonage.