Fury as council will not say if travellers got parking fines
Residents have expressed their fury at council bosses after their refusal to confirm whether any parking tickets were handed to travellers who set up camp at a leisure centre car park.
The travellers arrived at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday night and left on Saturday afternoon.
They positioned around 20 caravans, as well as cars and vans, across the bottom car park.
The indiscriminate parking would have provided a field day for Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s traffic wardens, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.
However, the council will not be drawn on whether any parking penalties – if any – were handed out on the pay-and-display car park. It was a point not lost on Stoke-on-Trent residents.
One woman said: “This makes me so angry. They won’t get ticketed or have their vehicles confiscated. It is one rule for the hardworking and law-abiding and another for the rulebreakers.”
Another resident said: “I hope the parking wardens are as efficient at issuing parking fines with these people as they are at car parks in Hanley.”
A third added: “Parking in multiple bays. Confiscate their vehicles if they fail to pay the impending fines before leaving”
A further resident added: “If they don’t get a parking ticket like I did for not parking correctly in a bay even though I don’t fit the council will get a complaint letter.”
Staffordshire Police had been called to the car park at 7.55pm on Friday, March 3.
A police spokesman said: “We were called to a premises on City Road following reports of the arrival of a number of travellers in a car park. On arrival, officers came across 10 caravans parked on the car park. Officers alerted the local authority which is responsible for the land. The travellers left the area a short time later.”
Stoke-on-Trent Live has asked the council to disclose how many parking tickets were handed to the travellers over the weekend. We will update the article accordingly.
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