A NEWPORT man has spoken of his anger and confusion over a ticket he received while parking at Newport Leisure Park.

David Bebbington says he parked in the car park for Cineworld in order to eat at McDonald's on March 9, as the car park for the fast food outlet was full.

But he later received a parking ticket from parking control company UKCPS and said he was told he had been issued the ticket because he had been seen "going to Harvester".

Mr Bebbington said he had been left baffled as to what is actually considered part of the leisure park site.

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The distance Mr Bebbington walked from his car to McDonald's while parked in the Cineworld car park.

The Argus recently reported Monmouthshire council had purchased the freehold of the 141,000-square foot property – which was said at the time to include the 13-screen Cineworld cinema, xercise4less gym, Home Bargains, Energi Adventure park, and a range of restaurants including Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Harvester.

It was also said to include McDonalds - where Mr Bebbington says he actually ate.

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Newport Leisure Park

Monmouthshire council did not own the site at the time though.

The specific reason for the fine given on the parking ticket from UKCPS said 'Driver – Observed Leaving Site'.

Mr Bebbington went on to say that while the leisure park signage mentions that drivers are not permitted to park and leave the site to go elsewhere, it does not say what is considered "off-site".

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Signage regarding parking at the leisure park

He said: “How on earth would someone be supposed to know that they cannot park anywhere in the retail park to visit any of the retailers?

“If someone were to spend an afternoon at the retail park, for example going to the cinema then going to Harvester for food, according to UKCPS they would be expected to move their vehicle from the parking area outside of the cinema to the parking area outside of Harvester in order to avoid a parking fine.”

The resident of the Somerton area of the city also says he can prove he did not eat at Harvester.

"I'm in the process of trying to obtain CCTV footage," he added.

He added that a parking attendant who was on the site at the time made no mention of his apparent parking violation.

The Argus made attempts to contact UKCPS.