A TRADER has been left fuming after receiving a parking ticket – just 24 hours after major roads works started in the town centre.
Kevin Park owns Leek Cycle Solutions in The Smithfield Centre, Leek, and has purchased an annual permit to park his van on the car park at the rear.
However, last week he went to his vehicle and found that he had been given a £25 fine – which rises to £50 in not paid in 14 days – for having one of his back wheels two-and-a-half inches over the white bay line.
Mr Park said: "Times are difficult and traders are having to carry on during another six months of road works in the town.
"The district council said they were going to support traders during the work, then 24 hours later a parking attendant comes around and does this.
"It is a complete waste of time and effort and makes a mockery of the whole system.
"It seems they have nothing else to do but fine people for the slightest of things.
"It is very tight to get a large van completely in the bays when the car park is full.
"If this is what they are going to do then no-one will come to the town, especially with the road works chaos.
"These road works have been forced upon us and then they treat people like this." Mr Park has now appealed against the decision, stating it was harsh.
Mr Park added: "Times are hard as we have to continually find rent and business rates, then they hit you with this. It is so crazy.
"We should all be working together.
"The back tyre was just two-and-a-half inches over, as I measured it.
"It was causing no obstruction as there is only walking space at the side of the vehicle."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council said: "The council's civil enforcement officers operate to a Staffordshire-wide parking enforcement policy to ensure a fair and standardised approach.
"The policy is sensitive to the local area, the needs of its residents and visitors and, particularly, its impact on the local economy.
"Enforcement is necessary to ensure parking is safe and that it maximises the provision to enable anyone seeking a space to be able to find one.
"However, it is seen by the council as a last resort and we would prefer to move on vehicles that contravene the policy rather than issue parking tickets. We cannot comment on Mr Park's situation other than to confirm that the parking ticket was issued correctly and in line with policy as the vehicle was parked outside of the marked bay.
"Mr Park has challenged the issuing of a ticket and there is a statutory process that all challenges go through which is handled by the council's notice processing team.
"Mr Park will be contacted by them as soon as this process is complete."