Fighting a parking notice

Today in Falmouth I parked in what turned out to be a private car park (owned by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners) and paid the fee of £1 per hour. I overstayed the time by 10 minutes and received a parking charge notice for £60 if paid within 28 days. This does seem a disproportionate amount, especially as the car park was half empty. I will not bother with the appeals process so is there any grounds for refusing to pay on the grounds the charge was disproportionate? Can I offer say £10 in full and final payment, and do I offer that to the owner of the car park or the penalty enforcement company?

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Not since 1st October 2012. Since then there has been a 3 stage appeal process:
www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/private-parking-penalties/

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