Coun­cil hits back on shock park­ing fine claims

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY DISASTER - STU­ART GREER

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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