A BROMSGROVE hairdresser has slammed the ‘disgraceful behaviour’ of council parking wardens at a town supermarket car park after he said his clients were left ‘in tears’ after getting parking fines.
George Davis, of George Davis Hair and Beauty on St John Street, said the ‘high level’ of fines distributed at Waitrose car park was putting people off from visiting the town centre and was ‘killing business’.
With a clear view of the car park from his salon, George claims wardens patrol 11 hours-a-day.
“I watch them plunder an absolute fortune from residents.
“They start early and write down when the ticket will run out so they will be ready to return with a £35 fine, it is vicious tactics.”
George is calling for Wychavon District Council, which provides Civil Parking Enforcement services for Bromsgrove, to reassess how and when fines are distributed.
“Some of my customers have been in floods of tears because they’ve been fined for staying over for as little as two minutes and local businesses can’t unload stock without having to panic about getting fined.
“I have had a client rush over to the car park with her hair dripping wet and in a hairdresser gown, just to put more money on her car.
“Going to the hairdresser should be a relaxing experience but my clients are just on edge, it is a stressful little town but it really doesn’t have to be.”
A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said it was currently investigating other methods of payment as part of a ‘Town Centre and Parking Review’.
A Pay by Phone option is being considered which will assist visitors who wish to stay longer, therefore removing the stress of returning to the car park to purchase additional time.
“The St John Street car park is owned by the council and we work in partnership with Wychavon which undertakes the enforcement.
“The enforcement carried out on this car park does not differ from any other council owned car park in the town.
“Businesses can legally park on the highway where there are double yellow lines for the purposes of loading or unloading only.
“Whilst this activity is taking place no enforcement action will be taken.
“Enforcement officers undertake an observation period prior to issuing a notice to ensure that loading is taking place.”
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