‘Death threats’ over ve­hi­cle clamp­ings

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AMANDA SAX­TON

An an­tique sales­woman ac­cused of a harsh car clamp­ing cam­paign says she is just pro­tect­ing her prop­erty. Scores of peo­ple have com­plained about in­suf­fi­cient warn­ing signs and the fine charged to get their wheels un-clamped out­side Bash­ford An­tiques in Grey Lynn. But owner Jil­lian Bash­fordEvers says since the five park­ing spa­ces are on her land, af­ter­hours park­ers are do­ing ‘‘the equiv­a­lent of pulling up on some­one’s front lawn’’. ‘‘These peo­ple have defe­cated here, there’s been drug deal­ing, pros­ti­tu­tion, and van­dal­ism ... No res­i­dent should have to tol­er­ate that be­hav­iour on their doorstep,’’ she says. Bash­ford-Evans de­scribed her store as a ‘‘liv­ing-show­room’’ as she re­sides in an apart­ment above, and says the car parks were for cus­tomers, friends, and fam­ily only. The high-end na­ture of her prod­ucts - rare and ex­pen­sive an­tiques - make se­cu­rity an ex­tra pri­or­ity, she says. Bash­ford-Evers re­sorted to hav­ing cars clamped in June af­ter re­peated calls to Auck­land Tow­ing failed to de­ter peo­ple from park­ing on her turf. She erected pri­vate prop­erty sig­nage but ‘‘peo­ple con­stantly re­moved it’’, she says. ‘‘Re­ally in the last five years that park­ing prob­lem has es­ca­lated. ex­treme worked.’’ She says the per­son who does the clamp­ing is a friend of hers, I’ve had mea­sures, to go but to it’s and it’s ‘‘nei­ther here nor there’’ whether she prof­its from the $220 fine driv­ers are charged to be un­clamped. Ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour has been a com­mon re­ac­tion to the clamp­ing, she says. Bash­fordE­vans is ‘‘com­pletely un­fazed’’ by the com­plaints, which she says even in­cluded death threats by phone.


Wil­liamson Ave An­tique site owner Jil­lian Bash­ford Evers, has copped flack for wheel clamp­ing il­le­gal park­ing on her prop­erty.

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