A HOLIDAYMAKER has vowed not to return to Port Isaac after being issued with a £100 parking fine.
Jess Taylor, from Oxford, claims the cliff-top parish council car park has inadequate signs telling motorists where to leave their vehicles. She was one of several who parked on the grass because the car park was full.
"The main car park at the top of Port Isaac has a grassy area that has the layout and appearance of an overflow car park," she said.
"There is no signage on or near the grassy area to say that it is not an overflow car park. There is a dropped kerb and tyre indentations giving it the appearance of a car park, and when we arrived on Saturday there were approximately 20 cars already neatly parked in this area.
"There was no reason to suppose that this was anything but an overflow par park. I bought a car park ticket for £5 for the day."
Mrs Taylor said that she and her three children were not aware that the annual "Big Swim" event, from Port Gaverne to Port Isaac, was putting additional pressure on car parking space.
"As a visitor to the area, I am fully aware that the local economy relies heavily on tourism," she said. "Although we did enjoy being in the village, and supporting the RNLI and local businesses, we had decided to return on Monday when it was expected to be less crowded. We would undoubtedly have spent the £100 on our return visit to the village, but on finding the £100 fine (£60 if paid quickly) we were left with a tarnished view of the village and decided not to return."
Mrs Taylor has written to North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson to complain, and is calling on St Endellion Parish Council to add to the existing signs in the car park, warning motorists not to park on the grass. She said she wanted to "raise awareness of what is a wholly unjust method of collecting revenue from a large number of visitors".