Ricky Gater has started yet another parking appeals company, this time called Parking Eye Appeals Ltd.
Mr Gater has been the straw man fronting a number of failed appeals companies, all having a similar modus operanti. The company starts processing claims legitimately, even getting some cancelled. However as customers increase and failed appeals mount up, the company phoenixes, leaving a string of unsatisfied customers.
Previously the man behind these companies has been Phil Hilsden, and The Prankster previously blogged about Mr Hilsden here. Mr Hilsden also apparently provided false names and address for drivers to parking companies, and therefore presumably these companies would be quite keen to get in touch with Mr Hilsden, in order to get to the bottom of the matter.
Given the history of Mr Gater's past business failures, The Prankster would also advise extreme wariness regarding this new company. There are legitimate companies who assist with appeals, but on past form, this is not likely to be one of them.
Parking companies wishing to get in touch with Mr Hilsden could ask Mr Gater whether he is acting as a straw man yet again. They could write to the company maildrop at their registered address, 83 Ducie Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 2JQ, but are likely to have more success in contacting Mr Gater at the registered address of his previous companies, 92 Carrwood Road, Renishaw, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, S21 3TF
Although there is a 'real' Ricky Gater, it now appears there may be more than one. Has Phil Hilsden changed his name to Ricky Gater? Only time will tell.
The Parking Prankster