Llanelli woman could owe thousands after failing to pay 160 parking tickets
A LLANELLI woman who failed to pay 160 parking tickets could end up facing a bill running into tens of thousands of pounds.
Charlotte Williams had picked up the tickets for parking in a residents-only zone outside her father's Old Castle Road home since January last year.
Initially, Carmarthenshire Council said she owed a total of £11,000 in fines and legal fees. But now the Post understands that figure may apply to just 23 of the 160 unpaid tickets.
The 21-year-old admits she did not pay the fines, but feels the amount she is being asked to hand over is unjustified. She said: "I moved back in January of last year but couldn't get a permit because I had nothing with the address on it and couldn't prove I lived here. In the meantime, I had parking tickets. I was getting them for parking outside my father's house where I was living.
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"It's just all spiralled out of control. I couldn't pay. I was only getting £40 a week and the tickets had gone up to £75. I had letters upon letters."
Bailiffs called in by the council to retrieve part of the debt and legal fees called at her house and, according to Miss Williams, threatened to take her dog Dora. She said her gran had handed over almost £7,000 to the bailiffs.
Council spokesman Ron Cant said: "We issued nearly 10,000 parking tickets in the last 12 months with little difficulty in recovering penalties. In this exceptional case, the reoffending motorist ignored and reneged on all offers of help until it became an issue for bailiffs through the county court process. While she has buried her head in the sand the problem has escalated. The bailiffs have only so far dealt with 23 of the 160 outstanding penalties. We have a duty to ratepayers to collect monies outstanding and will continue to do so."