Council hits back on shock parking fine claims
PARKING bosses say fines issued to motorists in council carparks CAN be enforced - despite claims it has failed to update its legal orders.
Macclesfield councillor Janet Jackson claimed this week that parking fines could be not upheld if they were issued after 2009 - the year Cheshire East Council was created.
According to Coun Jackson, legal paperwork which entitles officials to issue fines wasn’t updated when the old Macclesfield Borough Council was abolished.
But council bosses have refuted the claims saying that all Cheshire East car parks have traffic orders in place.
Labour stalwart Coun Jackson told the Express: “I’m extremely concerned to learn that Cheshire East did not regularise the traffic orders concerning their car parks when these car parks were transferred from the District Councils to the Unitary Authority. It’s totally shocking that over this period, it appears that motorists have been illegally charged for parking and then to add insult to injury may have been fined for overstaying their ticket time. I want to see any investigation into how this was allowed to happen.”
She added she had been told that traffic attendants have been told not to issue tickets to parked cars.
But a spokesman for Cheshire East Council said: “Cheshire East Council deploys traffic wardens across the Borough to monitor car parks and keep traffic moving. The focus is to ensure that any parking provision is used correctly to support the need of our towns. The Council has, on occasion, directed traffic wardens away from off-street parking to tackle on-street issues. However, it must be stressed that this is for operational reasons and not due to any issues with the existing parking orders.
“This authority does not accept that any of its car parks are covered by traffic orders that are ‘illegal’ and all Cheshire East car parks have current traffic orders in place.
“Consultation is also starting on the Council’s parking strategy, to ensure sufficient parking provision in each of the localities aimed at boosting economic prosperity in Cheshire East.”
The council runs a number of carparks in Macclesfield including Kennedy Avenue, Princes Way, Broken Cross, Town Hall, Exchange Street, Churchill Way, Pickford Street, Grosvenor Multistorey, Christ Church, Duke Street and Old Library.
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