A new row has broken out after cars left on a snowy street were given parking tickets.
Council bosses said the snow had melted enough for double yellow lines to be visible in Whalley Range, Blackburn, and claimed drivers had been warned beforehand. However drivers branded the tactics ‘ridiculous’ and called for more understanding to be shown in the icy conditions, with many of the steep side streets being inaccessible.
Mohammed Hanif, who owns Select DIY in Whalley Range, said he would be appealing against the ticket he was given on the 11th January. Mr Hanif lives in Cedar Street, a steep hill off the main road, and he said he could not access his usual parking space. He added: ‘It is ridiculous. They have not been sympathetic.’
Before Christmas Blackburn with Darwen Council faced an outcry after wardens descended on the Livesey Branch Road and Whalley Range areas, ticketing drivers who abandoned their cars in the snow. The council leader called on wardens to ‘show common sense’ and promised any unfair fines would be refunded.
This time around bosses said the cars had not been stranded, with some business owners ‘choosing’ to park on the main road.
Regeneration director Peter Hunt said: ‘In bad weather conditions, our civil enforcement officers have been using their discretion when it is obvious that vehicles have been abandoned for safety reasons.’
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire warns you to watch where you park even in the bad weather conditions which we have recently experienced.