'Predatory' car clampers swoop in Brockworth
"PREDATORY" clampers are hitting motorists with £130 fines at Whittle Square in Brockworth.
They swept through the retail estate on Wednesday, dishing out huge fines to several motorists who were shopping at outlets there.
Shopper Leah Rose, 34, from Leckhampton, was held up while doing her shopping in Tesco and came back to find her VW Transporter shackled.
She said: "I found the whole thing very predatory, these two clampers came over to me, had no ID, and just gave me a swipe card machine to pay the fine.
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"I don't understand why the people who run the business park would be happy for this to happen.
"I had been one hour and 10 minutes. I was held up for 10 minutes because my two-year-old needed a wee and got fined £130 for being 10 minutes over.
"There are signs saying it's an hour only but they are tiny and well over 6ft high so I didn't see them and I would question their legality."
It was a different set of circumstances but the same result for another driver, Imran Usmani.
The 40-year-old, from Caudle Green, near Birdlip, had nipped in to grab some food from Tesco and visit Badham Pharmacy.
"I parked in what I thought was a parking space, because of the way it was marked out, got out and was about 10 metres away when someone at the bus stop started gesticulating at me," he said.
"I turned around and my car was clamped. It must have been about 10 or 15 seconds, no more than that, and the clamp was already on.
"I think it's pretty dreadful and it just creates an atmosphere of tension and anger across the whole place."
He too was slapped with a £130 fine, which he paid.
The site, next to Gloucester Business Park, is managed by Rapley's.
Neither Rapley's or the clamping company Parking Control Management responded to The Citizen's requests for comments.
Peter Badham, owner of the Badham Pharmacy chain, said: "It's a shame because that centre is really starting to come together and get busy now and it does seem the clampers are a bit too quick. I have been lobbying the developers who run the park to try to get things changed, I don't know why the clamping company can't put a warning sign on windscreens first or something."