Vil­lagers’ fury over park­ing ticket for mar­ket fish van

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Animals Rescued - By Matt Le­clere

Stunned stall­hold­ers and vil­lagers watched on as a “ridicu­lous and stupid” park­ing ticket was is­sued to a trader in the mid­dle of Wye Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

Frankie Bot­terell, whose fam­ily run the Bot­terells fish mer­chants in Rye, said she could not be­lieve the ticket that was is­sued on Satur­day morn­ing.

The in­su­lated van was slapped with a park­ing ticket for be­ing on a re­stricted sin­gle yel­low line de­spite the road be­ing closed for the mar­ket and Mrs Bot­terell say­ing she has per­mis­sion from the mar­ket to park there be­cause she needs to keep the fish fresh.

The Bot­terells have traded at the mar­ket for the past 12 years and say they have never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it be­fore.

She said: “We’ve al­ways parked the car by our stall be­cause we do fresh fish and we keep spare boxes in the van.

“It’s an in­su­lated van and it keeps them won­der­fully cool and the fish stays fresh.

“I’m very sur­prised that we’ve been given a ticket. It came to­tally out of the blue and quite hon­estly we can’t op­er­ate here with­out the van be­side the stall.”

Vil­lagers and traders were aghast when the Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil park­ing of­fi­cer started is­su­ing Mrs Bot­terell a ticket.

Many ap­proached the of­fi­cer in dis­be­lief to ask why he was is­su­ing a ticket but the of­fi­cer replied that they were be­ing filmed by the cam­era placed on his chest and warned them about what they said to him.

Mrs Bot­terell said she would ap­peal the ticket and was en­cour­aged by the sup­port she had re­ceived from her col­leagues and cus­tomers.

She added: “For­tu­nately, ev­ery­one who has come to the mar­ket has been up in arms be­cause they can’t be­lieve any­thing could be so stupid. No­body can un­der­stand how we’ve got a ticket. The road is closed for the mar­ket. He didn’t ac­tu­ally give me a rea­son to be per­fectly hon­est.

“I was to­tally un­aware un­til some­one alerted me. We will ap­peal of course and I’m sure peo­ple here in Wye will back us up.”

She added they will be con­tact­ing the farm­ers’ mar­ket com­mit­tee for its ad­vice and help in ap­peal­ing the fine.

Was the traf­fic war­den just do­ing his job or should the ticket be re­scinded? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. co.uk

Stall­holder Frankie Bot­terell says she was left stunned when a traf­fic war­den slapped her van with a park­ing ticket at the Wye Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

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