Here's a story sent to FormbyFirst blog today. I wonder whether there are many other similar experiences and if you agree with the sentiments expressed in this story.
I recently parked for no more than two minutes outside the China Butterfly in order to use the post office. Upon return to my car. A warden issued me a £70 fine reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.
Despite writing in and asking for a favourable decision and highlighting the plight of the village shop-owners and my young family being financially penalised for such a minor infringement of parking regs. The parking services manager, Mr N Morris thought it was necessary to agree with the lack of discretion shown by the parking warden.
That particular day, I had struggled to find a free parking space and thought that Sefton wardens would if at least given a couple if minutes discretion. How wrong was I.
I am now of the opinion that I will avoid the village due to this bitter experience. The charity and betting shops make what was a nice experience feel like the whole place is going down the plug hole whilst Sefton Council watch for any remote chance to make a quick buck from the motorist.
I once watched a small contractors van park in the middle of the village opposite Caffe Nero, I was sitting outside drinking my coffee. The driver went into the cafe and while there a traffic warden looked at the van and walked away taking no action.
A few minutes later the driver returned with a takeaway coffee and drove away. When the Warden returned I asked him why he had taken no action and he replied he always gave drivers 10 minutes or so of time, paricularly if the vehicle might be there on business.
I must say I'd welcome more clarification on the normal amount of discretion given.