No they did not.
we received no fine or anything, we just received a summons.
Some of them we did, some of them we didn't - we accept that though. We were concerned that the skip licences we tried to send over were rejected because we didn't give 7 days notice (which we weren't aware off ) when a week prior they granted a permit for the day after the skip had been dropped. The head of the permit department has signed all of these and then emailed myself claiming my company that the council has never accepted skip permit applications without a 7 day notice period. He even emailed us a skip permit for another company (by accident) that had been granted by himself a day after the skip had already been dropped! This shows he did not follow council regulations regarding a 7 days notice period. He has also accepted permits from us in the past on a regular occurrence without 7 days notice and we have never had a query. In the summons they have pictures of our skips without dates or times apparently illegally on the road. Would this stand in court?
They have no evidence that the skips in question were placed on the road illegally as none of their pictures have a time or a date. We have looked back at our jobs and discovered that the skips that they are charging us for on our system didn't require a permit. The permits we did try and get were for some of the skips in question yet they rejected them because we didn't give them 7 days notice. When in the past they never queried this and would grant permits the same day or the day after the skip was already on the road without notifying us of this 7 day notice period.
yes, we have the scanned copies of skip permits which we applied for yet were rejected for this 'imaginary 7 days notice' these were some of the skips that were in question. On our system some of the addresses which they have charged us for. We have no knowledge or history of skips being placed there. So we don't know where they have come from.
Ok - then you have nothing to worry about
If they have let you apply for permits on a retrospective basis then you can raise that
If it is something they should not have been doing then they should have stopped it
If they can't prove the ones there were yours or they did not have any retrospective permits then there is no offence.
You do need to get a Solicitor to write to them and turn up at Court and make representations
It is better it is thrown out at an early stage rather than be forced to go to trial
But if they have accepted permit applications on a retrospective basis, they can not have their cake and eat it
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?