Social media users react as parking tensions grow in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 June 2017
Parking tensions in Weston-super-Mare continue to grow in the wake of North Somerset Council taking control of enforcement, with wardens reportedly subjected to abuse on social media and on the streets.
One enforcement officer had to call 999 for assistance after being threatened in Weston, while some online comments indicated people were trying to find where officers live and ‘pay them a visit in the night’.
The council took control of parking enforcement in Weston in April, and it has since become the hot topic in the town centre.
Many people took to social media to share their view on Weston’s parking enforcement saga.
Shelly Williams wrote: “The traffic wardens are bullies. They’re rude and have an attitude, so why they expect politeness from the public is beyond me.
“I nearly got a ticket walking to the ticket machine with my pushchair.”
Ian Stone commented: “I think many people see first hand the attitude parking wardens have.
“Although the comments online are not nice I don’t think they should be taken literally it’s just someone ranting behind their keyboard. I think everyone is feeling the strain of our beloved council and its great ideas.”
Sandra Disney added: “Not all traffic warrens are bullies, just one. He is an absolute idiot, watches you pull up and walk to the ticket machine then puts a fine on your car before you have chance to get back with your ticket.”
Ade Radford does not approve of the parking regulations in the town centre.
He said: “It is simply killing business in town. People are sick of being underpaid and over taxed every day and then to charge you to park outside their homes or to pick up a few bits of shopping is disgraceful.
“I own a business in the town and I’ve seen first hand the downfall of people coming in to town.”
Jon George Wakefield commented: “So the council took the parking fines away from the police but due to their heavy-handed tactics they now need extra police patrols, which are costing more money. Nice one.”
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