I understand your disappointment, I too would be extremely angered to pay such amount. But Shane, clampers is not just restricted to Windsor only, you will find them everywhere, especially popular in tourist towns. You will also find in such towns, loads of wardens roaming about. My mother used to pick me from Windsor and she couldn't park her car for more than 3 minutes because she would be told to move by a warden!
Shane is not the only one who has had the taste of Windsor hospitality this link http://tinyurl.com/3g8u659
takes you to a whole raft of people who's lasting memory of the town will not be the fantsatic tourist attractions and warm welcome from the good people of Windsor but of their clamping experience in Castle Street car park. The people and traders of Windsor need to waken up to the fact that they are losing business and popularity because of these unscrupulous people who are profiteers and rid themselves of this 's***'.. I wont be back and neither will my colleagues from Dubai who had up to the point of returning to our car, enjoyed their visit . We were less than 5 minutes over the ticket time and when we reached the car the clamp was already on and the clampers were taking photographs of the car. They had to return to their van for the paymnet machine which was parked in an even darker corner of the car park, where the could lie and wait for their prey. Good news travels slowly - bad news travels quickly.
You were actually clamped? I think that's outrageous – a ticket may be (even for over staying by eight minutes it's a bit much but I'm sure the town hall would say rules are rules) but to be clamped is shocking. I like Windsor as a town a lot but the parking does put me off going more regularly.
Being a few minutes late doesn't deserve a clamp down. The last I heard was local government received money to use in the Royal Borough and they asked local people on how the money should be spent. One of the key areas is improvement on car parking. I hope that they would review the clamping down system again and realise that it is doing more damage to the town's popularity than anything else!