Tick­ets sour fun event

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

One Porirua res­i­dent has found out the hard way that you can’t park on grass berms in the city, but she’s hop­ping mad about the ‘‘vin­dic­tive’’ is­su­ing of park­ing tick­ets.

Rangikura School par­ent Alex Pa­padopou­los ar­rived at a sports day at Kura Park in Ti­tahi Bay at lunchtime on Novem­ber 7 to find there were no an­gle parks left.

There were no spa­ces avail­able up and down Kura St, or in nearby streets, so she, like seven other driv­ers, parked on grass berms near the park’s en­trance. She con­cedes there were bro­ken yel­low lines on the road as well.

Ms Pa­padopou­los re­turned some time later to find a $40 fine un­der her wind­screen wipers, de­tail­ing her fail­ure to com­ply with a Porirua City Coun­cil by­law.

‘‘They [the coun­cil] ru­ined what was a cool day for a lot of peo­ple, it was just vin­dic­tive and bla­tant rev­enue-col­lect­ing at a school event. We weren’t dam­ag­ing the berms and it’s the fam­i­lies that will lose be­cause $40 is a lot of money.’’

She says the coun­cil would not have known there were cars parked il­le­gally if some­one at the park had not called PCC ear­lier in the day to ask to have the pub­lic toi­lets un­locked.

‘‘ I was told that the park­ing war­den was run­ning from car to car, is­su­ing tick­ets. It’s just re­ally, re­ally bad taste.’’

PCC en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards man­ager Jim Sut­ton says war­dens don’t just pa­trol the CBD.

‘‘We keep a close eye on what’s hap­pen­ing near schools, parks and in the sub­urbs . . . be­cause of the safety con­cerns for chil­dren and pedes­tri­ans and due to dam­age . . . to the berms.’’

Mr Sut­ton says the war­den was ‘‘con­duct­ing nor­mal du­ties’’ and the eight tick­eted cars were ei­ther on the berms or bro­ken yel­low lines.

Ticket trou­ble: Alex Pa­padopou­los’ first re­ac­tion to find­ing she had been tick­eted for park­ing on a grass berm was ‘‘are you se­ri­ous?’’. A stu­dent, she says the fine is more than she can af­ford.

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