Clitheroe traders warn traffic wardens to 'Back Off'

CLITHEROE Town Action Group (C-TAG) has launched a campaign called ‘Back Off’ in response to what they feel is an over-zealous enforcement of parking regulations in the town centre.

The campaign is led by Coun Ged Mirfin and Mayor of Clitheroe Kevin Horkin and hopes to lobby the borough council for more parking in the centre of the historic market town.

Car parks in the town are controlled by the borough council but parking rules on the high streets of Clitheroe are enforced by Lancashire County Council.

C-TAG says traders counted in excess of 30 parking tickets being given out in a couple of hours on Thursday afternoon.

But a spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “According to our records, only five penalty charge notices were issued on the main town centre streets in Clitheroe on Thursday.”

Coun Horkin said: “How can shippers be expected to enjoy what the high street has to offer if they are constantly looking at their watches wondering if they are about to get a ticket?

“Several shop owners have said to me that shoppers have had to leave their premises in a hurry, rushing off saying they need to be back to their vehicles before they get a ticket.

“This is hardly the experience we want to promote.”

Paul Riley, Lancashire County Council parking services manager, said: “We enforce restrictions to deter illegal and inconsiderate parking in Clitheroe town centre which is particularly important when demand for parking is high.

“Our officers can only issue penalties to vehicles which are parked illegally, and anyone who wishes to contest their penalty can follow the appeals process.

“All current restrictions have been developed as a result of consultation with residents and businesses over a number of years to give everyone who uses the area an opportunity to park.”

Coun Ged Mirfin said: “There are regularly four or five parking attendants in Clitheroe when really there should only be one.

“We want to look at the figures and see how Clitheroe compares to other towns of a similar size in terms of how many parking tickets are given out and then see what we can do to reduce the number.”

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7:45pm Wed 18 Dec 13

brossen99 says...

Its all part of a Corporate-Nazi ideology festering in the higher paid end of the UK civil service and the politicians theoretically controlling them !
Its all part of a Corporate-Nazi ideology festering in the higher paid end of the UK civil service and the politicians theoretically controlling them ! brossen99

8:04pm Wed 18 Dec 13

willie eckerslike says...

hang on, hang on, if these traffic wardens were NOT issuing tickets to over stayers the little shop keepers would be screeming BOOK EM, as they are stopping constant customers coming to our shops, PATHETIC, try reducing your prices then maybe you will get some punters back from them supermarkets that have all sprung up in clitheroe, you had a dammed good run , now that the supermarkets have arrived folk are voting with their feet, that's why you are doing next to nowt .I HAVE NO SYMPATHY AT ALL.
hang on, hang on, if these traffic wardens were NOT issuing tickets to over stayers the little shop keepers would be screeming BOOK EM, as they are stopping constant customers coming to our shops, PATHETIC, try reducing your prices then maybe you will get some punters back from them supermarkets that have all sprung up in clitheroe, you had a dammed good run , now that the supermarkets have arrived folk are voting with their feet, that's why you are doing next to nowt .I HAVE NO SYMPATHY AT ALL. willie eckerslike

8:14pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Barb-Dwyer says...

Having being booked I can confirm I will not be returning to clitheroe to shop. I thought I was in a 2 hour waiting zone but it appears I mis read the sign. My fault I agree but £50 the week before Christmas is ridiculous - esp when other towns are relaxing parking to encourage trade.

Clitheoe is a dying town and this certainly isn't going to help
Having being booked I can confirm I will not be returning to clitheroe to shop. I thought I was in a 2 hour waiting zone but it appears I mis read the sign. My fault I agree but £50 the week before Christmas is ridiculous - esp when other towns are relaxing parking to encourage trade. Clitheoe is a dying town and this certainly isn't going to help Barb-Dwyer

9:37pm Wed 18 Dec 13

willie eckerslike says...

Barb-Dwyer wrote:
Having being booked I can confirm I will not be returning to clitheroe to shop. I thought I was in a 2 hour waiting zone but it appears I mis read the sign. My fault I agree but £50 the week before Christmas is ridiculous - esp when other towns are relaxing parking to encourage trade.

Clitheoe is a dying town and this certainly isn't going to help
Well, I also got done £50, cant understand it ?? the sign read "FINE FOR PARKING" so why did I get a ticket ???
[quote][p][bold]Barb-Dwyer[/bold] wrote: Having being booked I can confirm I will not be returning to clitheroe to shop. I thought I was in a 2 hour waiting zone but it appears I mis read the sign. My fault I agree but £50 the week before Christmas is ridiculous - esp when other towns are relaxing parking to encourage trade. Clitheoe is a dying town and this certainly isn't going to help[/p][/quote]Well, I also got done £50, cant understand it ?? the sign read "FINE FOR PARKING" so why did I get a ticket ??? willie eckerslike

9:40pm Wed 18 Dec 13

willie eckerslike says...

willie eckerslike wrote:
Barb-Dwyer wrote:
Having being booked I can confirm I will not be returning to clitheroe to shop. I thought I was in a 2 hour waiting zone but it appears I mis read the sign. My fault I agree but £50 the week before Christmas is ridiculous - esp when other towns are relaxing parking to encourage trade.

Clitheoe is a dying town and this certainly isn't going to help
Well, I also got done £50, cant understand it ?? the sign read "FINE FOR PARKING" so why did I get a ticket ???
barb dwyer, if its £50 before xmas , how much after the festive period ??? does it decrease ???
[quote][p][bold]willie eckerslike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Barb-Dwyer[/bold] wrote: Having being booked I can confirm I will not be returning to clitheroe to shop. I thought I was in a 2 hour waiting zone but it appears I mis read the sign. My fault I agree but £50 the week before Christmas is ridiculous - esp when other towns are relaxing parking to encourage trade. Clitheoe is a dying town and this certainly isn't going to help[/p][/quote]Well, I also got done £50, cant understand it ?? the sign read "FINE FOR PARKING" so why did I get a ticket ???[/p][/quote]barb dwyer, if its £50 before xmas , how much after the festive period ??? does it decrease ??? willie eckerslike

10:01pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Looks like things are not going very well for (C-TAG) now it's the poor old traffic wardens fault, what next?
Looks like things are not going very well for (C-TAG) now it's the poor old traffic wardens fault, what next? Michael@ClitheroeSince58

10:53pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Heknows says...

Kevin. They run away when they see your prices!
Kevin. They run away when they see your prices! Heknows

2:27pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Barb-Dwyer says...

nobody is blaming the wardens - they are only doing their job.

surely the council should be encouraging trade by relaxing the parking restrictions not enforcing a severe £50 fine........
nobody is blaming the wardens - they are only doing their job. surely the council should be encouraging trade by relaxing the parking restrictions not enforcing a severe £50 fine........ Barb-Dwyer

6:16pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Cllr Ged Mirfin says...

Back Off!
As part of the government’s long-term economic plan, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on 6th December, 2013 set out a billion pound package of support for the UK’s high street. The support package includes a new consultation to tackle aggressive parking policies, which harm high streets. The government will also cap increases in parking penalty charges for the rest of this Parliament, with immediate effect. These steps will make it cheaper and easier to park, encourage people to shop locally and help with the cost of living, encourages councils to attract shoppers by setting competitive parking charges and to improve the quality of parking in town centres so that it is convenient, safe and secure.
C-TAG is hugely supportive of the initiative on the back of which it has launched its own Campaign to ameliorate the impact of the aggressive policing of Car Parking in the Town Centre dubbed “Back Off!” The Campaign was prompted by highly vocal complaints to the Mayor of Clitheroe, Kevin Horkin, as a consequence of the overzealous impact of Parking Attendants. Last Thursday Local Traders counted in excess of 30 Parking Tickets issued over a couple of hours on the afternoon of Thursday 05th December.
Kevin states that, “How can Shoppers be expected to enjoy what the High Street has to offer in Clitheroe if they are constantly looking at their watches wondering if they are about to get a ticket? Several Shop Owners have said to me that Shoppers have had to leave their premises in a hurry, rushing off saying that they back to their vehicles before they get a ticket! This is hardly the experience that we want to promote!” C-TAG believes that such over-zealousness is having a damaging effect and deterring potential regular shoppers from returning to the Town Centre let alone the potential loss of revenue incurred in fines. C-TAG has therefore issued a Freedom of Information Request to Lancashire County Council seeking to establish:
• How many Parking Tickets have been issued by Wardens in Clitheroe in the last 12 month period and what the Total Amount of Fines levied is
• It has requested a breakdown of this Data for Clitheroe by Day of the Week and by Time of Day
• C-TAG has also requested comparative Data for similar Towns in East Lancashire: Accrington, Chorley, Colne & Rawtenstall to see where it ranks in a league table of the aggressive policing of parking.
The Secretary of State recommends new measures to promote common sense rules on parking. The intention is to ensure that parking strategies complement and enhance the attractiveness of our high streets and town centres. Parking penalty charges changes will seek to ensure that local authorities do not misuse their civil parking enforcement powers and to keep the cost of living down. To that end, the government proposes to:
• freeze all parking penalty charges from today until the remainder of this Parliament, with immediate effect
• introduce a right for communities and businesses to require authorities to review their parking strategies
• legislate to allow “grace periods” before penalties are issued for minor contravention
• update parking enforcement guidance to advocate a less heavy-handed approach to parking enforcement (including for medical staff on emergencies
The policy also advocates Local Councillors issuing to put in Freedom of Information Requests to establish baseline data on how aggressive the policing of parking in a local authority is. C-TAG is taking up the challenge on behalf of Shop Keepers & Shoppers in Clitheroe today,
Ged Mirfin Chair C-TAG @NorthernTory
Kevin Horkin Member C-TAG @KevinHorkin
Back Off! As part of the government’s long-term economic plan, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on 6th December, 2013 set out a billion pound package of support for the UK’s high street. The support package includes a new consultation to tackle aggressive parking policies, which harm high streets. The government will also cap increases in parking penalty charges for the rest of this Parliament, with immediate effect. These steps will make it cheaper and easier to park, encourage people to shop locally and help with the cost of living, encourages councils to attract shoppers by setting competitive parking charges and to improve the quality of parking in town centres so that it is convenient, safe and secure. C-TAG is hugely supportive of the initiative on the back of which it has launched its own Campaign to ameliorate the impact of the aggressive policing of Car Parking in the Town Centre dubbed “Back Off!” The Campaign was prompted by highly vocal complaints to the Mayor of Clitheroe, Kevin Horkin, as a consequence of the overzealous impact of Parking Attendants. Last Thursday Local Traders counted in excess of 30 Parking Tickets issued over a couple of hours on the afternoon of Thursday 05th December. Kevin states that, “How can Shoppers be expected to enjoy what the High Street has to offer in Clitheroe if they are constantly looking at their watches wondering if they are about to get a ticket? Several Shop Owners have said to me that Shoppers have had to leave their premises in a hurry, rushing off saying that they back to their vehicles before they get a ticket! This is hardly the experience that we want to promote!” C-TAG believes that such over-zealousness is having a damaging effect and deterring potential regular shoppers from returning to the Town Centre let alone the potential loss of revenue incurred in fines. C-TAG has therefore issued a Freedom of Information Request to Lancashire County Council seeking to establish: • How many Parking Tickets have been issued by Wardens in Clitheroe in the last 12 month period and what the Total Amount of Fines levied is • It has requested a breakdown of this Data for Clitheroe by Day of the Week and by Time of Day • C-TAG has also requested comparative Data for similar Towns in East Lancashire: Accrington, Chorley, Colne & Rawtenstall to see where it ranks in a league table of the aggressive policing of parking. The Secretary of State recommends new measures to promote common sense rules on parking. The intention is to ensure that parking strategies complement and enhance the attractiveness of our high streets and town centres. Parking penalty charges changes will seek to ensure that local authorities do not misuse their civil parking enforcement powers and to keep the cost of living down. To that end, the government proposes to: • freeze all parking penalty charges from today until the remainder of this Parliament, with immediate effect • introduce a right for communities and businesses to require authorities to review their parking strategies • legislate to allow “grace periods” before penalties are issued for minor contravention • update parking enforcement guidance to advocate a less heavy-handed approach to parking enforcement (including for medical staff on emergencies The policy also advocates Local Councillors issuing to put in Freedom of Information Requests to establish baseline data on how aggressive the policing of parking in a local authority is. C-TAG is taking up the challenge on behalf of Shop Keepers & Shoppers in Clitheroe today, Ged Mirfin Chair C-TAG @NorthernTory Kevin Horkin Member C-TAG @KevinHorkin Cllr Ged Mirfin

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