ON September 30 I parked at Green Oaks Car Park for the first time since the parking meters were introduced.

It was a very wet day and I was in a rush.

I parked my car and went to the meter where I entered my car registration and put a £1 coin in the meter.

I rushed off to the shops and thought no more about it. At the beginning of October I was horrified to receive a parking charge notice for £100 in the post.

I parked there for just under an hour and had paid my fee which covers a full day's parking. I appealed but it was rejected because I didn't get a ticket from the machine.

After this I went back to look at the parking meters (on foot) and found that I should have pressed the green confirm button.

The signage on the meters is very poor and only gives instructions if paying by card. There is no information for paying by cash.

I have since learned that originally the meters were not set up for paying by cash but after public pressure a slot for cash was added and it seems that the parking company did not amend the instructions.

I feel very aggrieved that I have had to pay £100 fine inspite of the fact that I put my payment into the machine. Also, the parking fine is disproportionate to the parking fee; a £100 fine for a £1 fee.

I'm sure I am not the first person to have been treated so unjustly by Euro Car Parks and I think people need to be aware of what is going on.

Valerie Borlase