Thank you for the question. You have stated that “it did not say it was not free” if this was advertised as a “pay and display” etc. they do not require to. However, when you receive a parking charge, it is not a charge, it is an invoice for using their services. Unless it is the council, who will issue a direct charge, this is an invoice. As a private company, they will require to take court action in order to enforce this. You will want to appeal this in the first instance, however if they do not uphold your appeal they may look to enforce the fee they have applied. I shall provide you with a helpful link that will assist you in finding a solicitor/representative near your local area. This will provide you with someone nearby your area who can assist you if required.
I hope this information proved helpful. You will find a local solicitor who deals with these matters on the law society webpage which is as follows;
https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors (N. Ireland)
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