Just leave me alone says Chippenham trader who claims he is hounded by traffic wardens

Wiltshire Times: Colin Gittens is fed up with parking tickets Colin Gittens is fed up with parking tickets

Angling shop owner Colin Gittins is fed up with being caught by traffic wardens who he says hide around corners to get their hooks into motorists.

Mr Gittins, who runs Premier Angling in New Road, Chippenham, accepts that he sometimes overstays the permitted parking time in the bay at the back of his shop but he believes the wardens enjoy catching him out.

He said: “We leave the back door open even in winter because of the smell of the bait but you never see a warden walk past. Instead they hide around the corner and put a ticket on the van even when it is only a couple of minutes over time.”

He said that some wardens were friendly but others seemed to enjoy booking as many people as possible. He has had about 12 tickets in the past year.

Mr Gittins, who has run his Chippenham shop for about 12 years, said Wiltshire Council should be doing more to make life easier for independent traders rather than fining them for parking at every opportunity.

He approached Chippenham Town councillor Sandie Webb for help and she said she had a run in with a traffic warden recently.

She said: “I just popped in to my restaurant Revolutions for a couple of minutes to check something early on a Sunday morning and when I came out I had a ticket. You are meant to have a ten-minute leeway and so of course I appealed and won, but the letter that came with the outcome wasn’t at all friendly or apologetic.”

Geoff Lane from Minety is another who wrote to the Gazette to complain about the speed in which he was given a ticket in Cross Hayes Car Park, Malmesbury.

A warden had issued him with a ticket in the time it took him to get from his car to the ticket machine to buy a new ticket when he realised the old one had run out.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said parking restrictions were in place to ensure people can use roads safely. Wardens used common sense when issuing tickets but there was a clear appeals process available.
 

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9:52am Thu 20 Feb 14

sscxp28 says...

Use the car park - 200m at best away from the shop. Or one of the free parking bays opposite.
Use the car park - 200m at best away from the shop. Or one of the free parking bays opposite. sscxp28
  • Score: 18

10:18am Thu 20 Feb 14

colinosborn says...

Traffic wardens seem to give more attention to easy places to patrol. A freedom of information request relating to visits to Market Lavington showed that the majority of visits were for less than 5 minutes and some were recorded at under 10 seconds.
Traffic wardens seem to give more attention to easy places to patrol. A freedom of information request relating to visits to Market Lavington showed that the majority of visits were for less than 5 minutes and some were recorded at under 10 seconds. colinosborn
  • Score: -1

10:19am Thu 20 Feb 14

bigbadjohn says...

Dont Park illegally, and you wouldn't have problems with traffic wardens doing what they are supposed to be doing!
Dont Park illegally, and you wouldn't have problems with traffic wardens doing what they are supposed to be doing! bigbadjohn
  • Score: 31

11:34am Thu 20 Feb 14

monkton_dad says...

"Just leave me alone" says Chippenham trader who claims he is hounded by traffic wardens.
Just park were you should in a car park then!
Traffic wardens are there to catch people parked illegally which you are.
Man up!
"Just leave me alone" says Chippenham trader who claims he is hounded by traffic wardens. Just park were you should in a car park then! Traffic wardens are there to catch people parked illegally which you are. Man up! monkton_dad
  • Score: 25

11:38am Thu 20 Feb 14

garybillington says...

"A warden had issued him with a ticket in the time it took him to get from his car to the ticket machine to buy a new ticket when he realised the old one had run out"

Isn't this against the rules of most car parks anyway? There's usually a no return within 1 hour clause on most car parks that's intended to stop people buying multiple short term tickets instead of paying for a longer stay.

If my understanding is correct, then technically rules were being broken & a ticket was justified - even if it is potentially a bit harsh if he was genuinely attempting to purchase another ticket.
"A warden had issued him with a ticket in the time it took him to get from his car to the ticket machine to buy a new ticket when he realised the old one had run out" Isn't this against the rules of most car parks anyway? There's usually a no return within 1 hour clause on most car parks that's intended to stop people buying multiple short term tickets instead of paying for a longer stay. If my understanding is correct, then technically rules were being broken & a ticket was justified - even if it is potentially a bit harsh if he was genuinely attempting to purchase another ticket. garybillington
  • Score: 0

5:23pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Cyril Clunge says...

I parked up in Emery Gate last week, immediately went to the machine to buy a ticket and as i walked back to my car, a warden was starting to write me a ticket, he was given a swift 'get to ferk', and sheepishly crawled away.
I parked up in Emery Gate last week, immediately went to the machine to buy a ticket and as i walked back to my car, a warden was starting to write me a ticket, he was given a swift 'get to ferk', and sheepishly crawled away. Cyril Clunge
  • Score: 12

11:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

bill oddie says...

This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement.
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No sympathy here.
This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement. https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@51.462763 ,-2.117948,3a,75y,17 3.84h,64.63t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1svY_UAHs Edxk6DFHtFgRdFA!2e0! 6m1!1e1 No sympathy here. bill oddie
  • Score: 14

7:38am Fri 21 Feb 14

Cyril Clunge says...

bill oddie wrote:
This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement.
https://www.google.c

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No sympathy here.
Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs?
[quote][p][bold]bill oddie[/bold] wrote: This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement. https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@51.462763 ,-2.117948,3a,75y,17 3.84h,64.63t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1svY_UAHs Edxk6DFHtFgRdFA!2e0! 6m1!1e1 No sympathy here.[/p][/quote]Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs? Cyril Clunge
  • Score: -8

10:24am Fri 21 Feb 14

cassiecat says...

I would support bill oddie. When this guy used to place his advertising board under the road sign it was impossible to turn left out of Union Road safely because approaching traffic from the right used to "disappear" behind it. I feel much safer making this manoeuvre now that his board is not placed there any more.

In respect of the parking issue I would like to see the wardens concentrate on illegal parking which creates danger to pedestrians and other road users, e.g the frequent parking on yellow lines on the roundabout opposite Tesco adjacent tot Hathaway Retail park.
I would support bill oddie. When this guy used to place his advertising board under the road sign it was impossible to turn left out of Union Road safely because approaching traffic from the right used to "disappear" behind it. I feel much safer making this manoeuvre now that his board is not placed there any more. In respect of the parking issue I would like to see the wardens concentrate on illegal parking which creates danger to pedestrians and other road users, e.g the frequent parking on yellow lines on the roundabout opposite Tesco adjacent tot Hathaway Retail park. cassiecat
  • Score: 19

10:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

Phorever says...

He's right.
A traffic warden hiding around the corner.
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He's right. A traffic warden hiding around the corner. https://www.google.c om/maps/@51.462523,- 2.117769,3a,75y,57.5 1h,60.5t/data=!3m4!1 e1!3m2!1sZ4fK_c5DIkY CHA4mI7ORKQ!2e0 Phorever
  • Score: -2

10:55am Fri 21 Feb 14

lordbuckethead says...

Cyril Clunge wrote:
bill oddie wrote:
This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement.
https://www.google.c


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No sympathy here.
Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs?
The traffic coming down new road plonker. That's why the road sign is raised. Keep up at the back.
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Clunge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill oddie[/bold] wrote: This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement. https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@51.462763 ,-2.117948,3a,75y,17 3.84h,64.63t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1svY_UAHs Edxk6DFHtFgRdFA!2e0! 6m1!1e1 No sympathy here.[/p][/quote]Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs?[/p][/quote]The traffic coming down new road plonker. That's why the road sign is raised. Keep up at the back. lordbuckethead
  • Score: 7

3:48pm Fri 21 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

There are quite a few 'businessmen' who seem to think that the footpath along New Road is their rightful parking spot. I would like to see these selfish people given tickets for parking illegally as well. It's been going on for years and I am utterly sick of people who think because they run a business they are somehow above the law that applies to everybody else.
There are quite a few 'businessmen' who seem to think that the footpath along New Road is their rightful parking spot. I would like to see these selfish people given tickets for parking illegally as well. It's been going on for years and I am utterly sick of people who think because they run a business they are somehow above the law that applies to everybody else. kimcrawley
  • Score: 15

6:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Tanglefoot1 says...

Only doing his job,more traffic wardens is what we want,any one who swears at traffic wardens want locking up.
Only doing his job,more traffic wardens is what we want,any one who swears at traffic wardens want locking up. Tanglefoot1
  • Score: 6

6:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Cyril Clunge says...

lordbuckethead wrote:
Cyril Clunge wrote:
bill oddie wrote:
This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement.
https://www.google.c



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No sympathy here.
Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs?
The traffic coming down new road plonker. That's why the road sign is raised. Keep up at the back.
You can quite clearly see a BFO gap between his sign, and the road sign, only OAP's who shouldn't be driving anyway would have their view blocked, are you one of them?
[quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyril Clunge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill oddie[/bold] wrote: This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement. https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@51.462763 ,-2.117948,3a,75y,17 3.84h,64.63t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1svY_UAHs Edxk6DFHtFgRdFA!2e0! 6m1!1e1 No sympathy here.[/p][/quote]Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs?[/p][/quote]The traffic coming down new road plonker. That's why the road sign is raised. Keep up at the back.[/p][/quote]You can quite clearly see a BFO gap between his sign, and the road sign, only OAP's who shouldn't be driving anyway would have their view blocked, are you one of them? Cyril Clunge
  • Score: -10

4:35pm Sun 23 Feb 14

vodo90 says...

I live on the old road and there is no free parking anywhere when I am at home I have to move my car every 2 hours to different places unless I'm willing to pay £7 a day to park in the train station. In the last year I have had countless parking tickets and bailiffs due to the tickets. I have tryed to have discussions with the local councillor and wiltshire council and no one is prepared to listen to the people who live and work in and around old road and unity street
I live on the old road and there is no free parking anywhere when I am at home I have to move my car every 2 hours to different places unless I'm willing to pay £7 a day to park in the train station. In the last year I have had countless parking tickets and bailiffs due to the tickets. I have tryed to have discussions with the local councillor and wiltshire council and no one is prepared to listen to the people who live and work in and around old road and unity street vodo90
  • Score: 5

5:06pm Sun 23 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

vodo90 wrote:
I live on the old road and there is no free parking anywhere when I am at home I have to move my car every 2 hours to different places unless I'm willing to pay £7 a day to park in the train station. In the last year I have had countless parking tickets and bailiffs due to the tickets. I have tryed to have discussions with the local councillor and wiltshire council and no one is prepared to listen to the people who live and work in and around old road and unity street
My sympathies, there should be residential parking and a compromise is possible, perhaps Wiltshire Council could either arrange for dedicated residential parking or come to an arrangement with the parking providers nearby.
Failing that open a business and then you can park on the pavement whenever you like.
[quote][p][bold]vodo90[/bold] wrote: I live on the old road and there is no free parking anywhere when I am at home I have to move my car every 2 hours to different places unless I'm willing to pay £7 a day to park in the train station. In the last year I have had countless parking tickets and bailiffs due to the tickets. I have tryed to have discussions with the local councillor and wiltshire council and no one is prepared to listen to the people who live and work in and around old road and unity street[/p][/quote]My sympathies, there should be residential parking and a compromise is possible, perhaps Wiltshire Council could either arrange for dedicated residential parking or come to an arrangement with the parking providers nearby. Failing that open a business and then you can park on the pavement whenever you like. kimcrawley
  • Score: 2

11:53am Mon 24 Feb 14

lordbuckethead says...

vodo90 wrote:
I live on the old road and there is no free parking anywhere when I am at home I have to move my car every 2 hours to different places unless I'm willing to pay £7 a day to park in the train station. In the last year I have had countless parking tickets and bailiffs due to the tickets. I have tryed to have discussions with the local councillor and wiltshire council and no one is prepared to listen to the people who live and work in and around old road and unity street
The nearest unrestricted on road parking to you would be Dallas Rd (if you live at the bottom) or Greenaway Lane (if you live at the top) of New Road.

Both about a 5 minute walk. Better than moving your car every 2 hours?

You can always park a car - you just can;'t always park it exactly where you want to.
[quote][p][bold]vodo90[/bold] wrote: I live on the old road and there is no free parking anywhere when I am at home I have to move my car every 2 hours to different places unless I'm willing to pay £7 a day to park in the train station. In the last year I have had countless parking tickets and bailiffs due to the tickets. I have tryed to have discussions with the local councillor and wiltshire council and no one is prepared to listen to the people who live and work in and around old road and unity street[/p][/quote]The nearest unrestricted on road parking to you would be Dallas Rd (if you live at the bottom) or Greenaway Lane (if you live at the top) of New Road. Both about a 5 minute walk. Better than moving your car every 2 hours? You can always park a car - you just can;'t always park it exactly where you want to. lordbuckethead
  • Score: 4

11:56am Mon 24 Feb 14

lordbuckethead says...

Cyril Clunge wrote:
lordbuckethead wrote:
Cyril Clunge wrote:
bill oddie wrote:
This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement.
https://www.google.c




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No sympathy here.
Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs?
The traffic coming down new road plonker. That's why the road sign is raised. Keep up at the back.
You can quite clearly see a BFO gap between his sign, and the road sign, only OAP's who shouldn't be driving anyway would have their view blocked, are you one of them?
Not I'm not (an OAP), but I do know how to use an apostrophe!
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Clunge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyril Clunge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill oddie[/bold] wrote: This is the same guy who puts his sign out the front of his shop underneath the RAISED road sign blocking both the view for motorists trying to turn left onto new road and pedestrians walking on the pavement. https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@51.462763 ,-2.117948,3a,75y,17 3.84h,64.63t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1svY_UAHs Edxk6DFHtFgRdFA!2e0! 6m1!1e1 No sympathy here.[/p][/quote]Blocking the view? Of what, small dogs?[/p][/quote]The traffic coming down new road plonker. That's why the road sign is raised. Keep up at the back.[/p][/quote]You can quite clearly see a BFO gap between his sign, and the road sign, only OAP's who shouldn't be driving anyway would have their view blocked, are you one of them?[/p][/quote]Not I'm not (an OAP), but I do know how to use an apostrophe! lordbuckethead
  • Score: 8

9:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

cassiecat wrote:
I would support bill oddie. When this guy used to place his advertising board under the road sign it was impossible to turn left out of Union Road safely because approaching traffic from the right used to "disappear" behind it. I feel much safer making this manoeuvre now that his board is not placed there any more.

In respect of the parking issue I would like to see the wardens concentrate on illegal parking which creates danger to pedestrians and other road users, e.g the frequent parking on yellow lines on the roundabout opposite Tesco adjacent tot Hathaway Retail park.
...and outside the convenience store on the roundabout on Sheldon Road. Is it really too difficult to park in the marked bay in front of the chip shop and walk 20yds back to the convenience store?
[quote][p][bold]cassiecat[/bold] wrote: I would support bill oddie. When this guy used to place his advertising board under the road sign it was impossible to turn left out of Union Road safely because approaching traffic from the right used to "disappear" behind it. I feel much safer making this manoeuvre now that his board is not placed there any more. In respect of the parking issue I would like to see the wardens concentrate on illegal parking which creates danger to pedestrians and other road users, e.g the frequent parking on yellow lines on the roundabout opposite Tesco adjacent tot Hathaway Retail park.[/p][/quote]...and outside the convenience store on the roundabout on Sheldon Road. Is it really too difficult to park in the marked bay in front of the chip shop and walk 20yds back to the convenience store? allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 7

11:50am Thu 27 Feb 14

Manxter says...

Since when was anyone entitled to '10 minutes' free parking on double yellow lines courtesy of a '10 minute' leeway?
Since when was anyone entitled to '10 minutes' free parking on double yellow lines courtesy of a '10 minute' leeway? Manxter
  • Score: 1

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