Bowls vis­i­tors hit with £ 1k in fines

48 tick­ets is­sued dur­ing na­tional champs

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Sarah Hil­ley

Park­ing war­dens slapped nearly 50 tick­ets on cars dur­ing a na­tional bowls tour­na­ment.

The 48 penalty charge no­tices were is­sued around the North­field Av­enue area in Ayr dur­ing the 2018 Bowls Scot­land Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

At £ 30 per ticket, it would have cost drivers at least £ 1440 in fines col­lec­tively.

The cost would dou­ble if not paid within 14 days.

The fined vis­i­tors snubbed a free park and ride, opt­ing to leave their ve­hi­cles on roads with park­ing re­stric­tions in­stead.

Stew­ards were on hand to di­rect drivers to the park and ride fa­cil­ity at Afton Av­enue in Prest­wick, which is a mile from the com­pe­ti­tion venue at North­field.

The fi­asco was re­vealed at the South Ayr­shire Coun­cil reg­u­la­tory panel yes­ter­day ( 2 Oc­to­ber).

Coun­cil­lor Ian Ca­vana said: “I was dis­ap­pointed in this as we have worked hard over the years to es­tab­lish park and ride, which has been suc­cess­ful, but ow­ing to the num­ber of penalty charge no­tices we may have to look at other al­ter­na­tive sit­u­a­tions.”

He added: “We have park­ing prob­lems in Ayr.”

Ar­eas were coned off around the na­tional bowl­ing cen­tre for the event, which took place from Mon­day, July 23 to Satur­day, July 28.

War­dens pa­trolled the venue area from morn­ing to evening.

Five tick­ets were is­sued in Alder­ston Av­enue, eight in Belles­ley­hill Av­enue, two in Belles­ley­hill Road, four in East Park Road and six in Falk­land Road. War­dens also doled out one ticket in Gor­don Street, three in Hunters Av­enue, seven in North Park Av­enue, 10 in North­field Av­enue, one in Ross­lyn Place and one in St Ge­orge’s Road.

Dis­ap­pointed as we worked hard over the years to es­tab­lish a park and ride

Hefty fines Mo­torists were slapped with fines dur­ing 2018 Bowls Scot­land Na­tional Cham­pi­onships held in North­field

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