A veteran local councillor and former mayor of Penarth – Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) – has once again hit out at what he calls the “vast number” of Parking Charge Notices being handed out by Vale Council enforcement officers .
He says the targets are motorists who “inadvertently fail to notice well-worn paint markings on the highway”.
Cllr. Ernest says that almost every day he sees these notices “plastered” on the car windscreens of unsuspecting motorists who have not noticed the difference between sections of the roadway where Limited Parking hours apply all day whilst immediately next to these spaces are several spaces where Limited Parking is not allowed until after Midday.
He says angry residents and visitors “quite understandably think that when they see a row of parked vehicles, that they can also park there quite legally” – but then find that “because they have missed a barely visible and faded 3 foot white line between two close parked vehicles, they have incurred a massive penalty, against which it is almost impossible to appeal.”
Cllr Ernest highlights two areas in particular –
- Outside the Co-op store and
- Outside the Nationwide Building Society,
He says “day after day motorists are being caught out and being forced to pay often unaffordable fines to the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council. ” – and the “cunning” penalty regime is affecting both shopping and tourism.
Cllr Ernest says “Unfortunately, it is frequently visitors to our town, who help keep our independent shops in business in these difficult times of high rents and rates, who are hit with these fines. Yet despite my drawing the Vale’s attention previously to the anomalies, when they said that over a £1,000,000 pounds had been collected in Penalty Charges in Penarth, they still failed to do anything about changing these unfair restrictions on motorists in the Town Centre.”
He says he recognises the need for goods vehicles to have adequate parking to deliver to local shops, but thinks the Vale Council could do a much better job in making provision for “these giant lorries which take up so much space in a town with no off-street parking capability”.
Cllr Ernest invites anyone who agrees with his views to contact him at AMErnest@gmail.com so he can take the matter up with the Vale Council ,