Clampers pounce on truck driver and bus
Farmer Edward Spanton, who owns the land, said he was legally obliged to prevent people parking on the slip road, but that he received no money from the clamping.
"It also doubly bad when you think most the drivers that are getting fined down there don speak English and this is there first stop in the country."
and the signs that have been put up were really small and I didn see them.
The Isle of Thanet Gazette photographer Mike Nichols saw this Eastonways coach falling prey to the clampers when he was taking a photo of the site, which belongs to a nearby farmer.
"It seems crazy to me that they can charge such extortionate amounts of money when it not written on the floor and the signing isn clear."
Drivers have been incensed by the parking restrictions behind the Somerfield service station, north of the village, where some claim to have been charged more than 350 to have the clamps removed.
"After about an hour wait and a hefty fine of 141, my car was unclamped and I was lucky because the person who had clamped me was shopping in Somerfield, so I did not have to pay the additional 55 call out charge for my car to be released. I must add this clamping has Omega Seamaster Co-axial Master Chronometer
"It would be a lot clearer to the public if there were a large fixed Parking sign. Omega Seamaster 600 Military I parked there for approximately 15 20 minutes while taking photos, for Minster Matters, of the school children doing a litter pick, with Steve the village warden.
"I could only have been gone five minutes, but when I came back the guys had already clamped my wheel. There were two other people arguing Omega Constellation Watch
He says he is asking the lorry drivers union to look into the matter.
It is not just lorry drivers who have been hit by the penalties. Diane Cotterill, photographer for Minster Matters village magazine, was forced to pay 141 last year after she had parked on the road to take a photo of village kids picking up litter.
Mr Ecclestone, who has been a trucker for 30 years, said: "I was shocked. The guys were there in their van when I got there, but they didn warn me, Omega Seamaster 400
She used the magazine to warn others of the charges, writing: "In hindsight I should have been more observant, but I don think the signs are very prominent and can be mistaken for advertisements.
nothing to do with Somerfields."
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