A MAN has been fined thousands of pounds for parking outside his own house.

Danny Michel is facing a bill running into thousands of pounds after his car received 14 penalty notices while parked outside his home on Wellfield Street in Whitecross.

His parking problems began in early 2016, when his van needed major repairs that would took three to four months to complete.

In the meantime, Danny was forced to rent several alternative vehicles – but his parking pass was linked to his regular van.

He said: “It’s been an absolute nightmare for me.

“I didn’t have any visitors’ passes because they only give you two and you forget to get them back off people when you’ve given them out, and my pass from my other van was linked to that vehicle.

“They were refusing to send a new one to my house without me going in to their offices, and at the time I was working from 7am to 7pm.

“My contention is that any vehicle that I vouch for should have their fines cancelled.

“I explained to them that it was just a mistake but they didn’t care, and the bailiff letters started coming.”

Danny has taken exception to ‘bullying tactics’ used by the council in order to recover the money.

He added: “I have been told by other residents that some of their friends are afraid to visit as there are not enough permits – workmen are afraid to even do jobs for residents as they are in danger of being ticketed.

“What if I have a family gathering when you’re only allowed to have two visitors?

“Am I not allowed to have more than two people coming round?

“I’m so fed up of them treating everyone around here like cash cows – they’re using bailiffs and aggressive tactics to bully people out of money, but we’re not living in North Korea.”

Warrington Borough Council waived seven of the 14 fines, while two other notices were paid by the registered keeper – leaving five outstanding.

A council spokesman said: “This resident had received 14 penalty charge notices for three different vehicles parking in a residential zone without displaying a valid permit.

“As a gesture of goodwill Warrington Borough Council cancelled seven of these notices as the resident proved that he had applied for a parking permit while they were issued.

“Two of the remaining seven notices were finally paid by the registered keeper of one of the vehicles.

“The other five issued to vehicles in this resident’s name were not paid.”