Vil­lagers vent fury over traf­fic war­den tick­ets

Coun­cil say they fined only one car

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

VIL­LAGERS have been ex­press­ing their anger after three traf­fic war­dens were sent to cover a com­mu­nity event which caused the tem­po­rary clo­sure of a car park.

Chal­font St Peter Christ­mas Fun Night at­tracted thou­sands of peo­ple and was hailed as a suc­cess on Fri­day last week, but an un­usu­ally high num­ber of war­dens were not re­ceived as warmly.

On the Chal­font St Peter Fo­rum, a web­site that gives vil­lagers a chance to air their views about all man­ner of top­ics, peo­ple have crit­i­cised Bucks County Coun­cil’s decision to send three war­dens.

One fo­rum user, who uses the on­line name Jaunty1, said: “On my way home, along the Lower Road, I was as­tounded to see three traf­fic war­dens tick­et­ing cars parked at the side of the road! The most ir­ri­tat­ing part of it is that it was pre-or­ches­trated, they have ac­tu­ally tar­geted a vil­lage event. I’ve noth­ing but sym­pa­thy for any­one that has been slapped with a ticket for at­tend­ing an event that ben­e­fits the vil­lage.”

Another vil­lager who uses the name Big Bag­gles added: “Three traf­fic war­dens – that must be our quota for the whole year on an evening when we try and pro­mote the vil­lage.”

St Peter Precinct’s car park was closed dur­ing the event, which closed The Vale to traf­fic from 4.30pm to 9pm, although Church Lane car park was open all evening.

One of the event’s or­gan­is­ers, Mike Day, said: “My view is if peo­ple park il­le­gally and they get done – hard luck.

“We ask peo­ple to walk to the event and the majority do but we cer­tainly did not ar­range for war­dens to be there.”

Bucks County Coun­cil spokesman Dan El­wor­thy said the au­thor­ity is­sued one ticket at about 8pm for a car parked on dou­ble yel­low lines on the night.

He said usu­ally there would be two teams of two war­dens en­forc­ing through­out the county on a late evening but due to sick­ness and one war­den not be­ing avail­able, three war­dens worked from one ve­hi­cle at the event.

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Turn to pages 28&29 for our pic­ture spe­cial of Christ­mas Fun Night.

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