Haverhill residents condemn council's parking clampdown
A Haverhill man whose partner had a £70 fixed penalty notice stuck to her car last week says people are being ‘unfairly penalised for being stuck at home and not able to get out to work.’
Last Thursday, Emma Mann found one of the new West Suffolk Council Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) officers had issued her the ticket for parking her car in Chauntry Road, near its junction with Camps Road.
Her partner, Scott Szajewski, told the Echo that since they bought their home in Chainey Pieces in 2014 they had always parked on neighbouring Chauntry Road because there was nowhere else to park near their terraced house.
Scott said the car was not blocking access for anyone and although the single yellow line it was left on had been recently repainted, no warning of imminent enforcement had been issued to them or their neighbours.
He said: “We have heard nothing. If we knew, we certainly would not have left the car there.”
Scott is currently working from home while Emma has been furloughed from her job.
He added: “It seems a bit off to wait until people have to keep their cars at home because they can’t go to work and are on reduced income and then to start penalising them because they are stuck at home.
“I spoke to someone who lives next door and someone in Chauntry Road and no-one I know knew anything until they (tickets) were issued.”
David Hart, a Chauntry Road resident, added that he too had not received any warnings that CPE would be enforced on his road.
He added: “If there has been nothing through the post and no formal warning that is a bit off. It would have been ideal to have warned people by putting something on their car or through their door.”
A council spokesperson said: “We have been carrying out Civil Parking Enforcement across the whole of West Suffolk and have issued fines for illegal parking.
“The fact that someone has been illegally parking for some time doesn’t make it right.
“Civil Parking Enforcement has been widely reported in the media for the last few years, is now the responsibility of the council and we will enforce the restrictions that are in place.
“There is an appeals process available for those people that feel they have been treated unfairly.”
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