ONLINE POLL: Should Stags’ fans be allowed to park for free at Mansfield Leisure Park on matchdays?

NMAC12-2015-1''Manasfield Leisure Park
NMAC12-2015-1''Manasfield Leisure Park

CINEMA goers have been hit with hefty fines following a crackdown on football fans parking in Mansfield Leisure Park on matchdays.

Last week’s pre-season friendly between Mansfield Town and Derby County attracted over 2,500 fans to the One Call Stadium.

A number of Stags’ supportes were given tickets for parking at the Nottingham Road retail park.

However, a number of film fans who had gone to the Odeon to watch the new Batman film also found £90 tickets on their windscreens.

Darren Edge, of Warsop, was given a ticket after visitng the cinema. Mr Edge (43) starred alongside Tom Hardy - who plays Bane in The Dark Knight Rises - in the film Bronson.

The part-time actor featured as a nurse in the 2008 movie about the notorious prisoner Charles Bronson, played by Hardy.

Mr Edge said: “I wanted to go and see Tom at the London premiere but thought I’d support my local cinema instead.

“If people are getting parking tickets it’s going to put them off from going at all.”

Mr Edge has used his cinema ticket to appeal the fine.

A number of Stags’ fans have used online forums to voice their opinions. Redstag posted: “They don’t offer the chance to park for a fee. It’s a case of ‘clear off - we don’t want Stags fans’. Any companies associated with this have certainly lost my business.”

Stag007 said: “One of my mates got a ticket after parking in the cinema. He was actually at the cinema watching Batman!”

Jones Lang Laselle, who manage the retail park, said: “Following consultation with tenants a car parking control system has been introduced with uniformed wardens patrolling the area.

“Non-customers who park their vehicles in the car park will receive a charge. Motorists are encouraged to appeal if they feel there are mitigating circumstances.”