Warning over parking tickets in Market Place
Shoppers are being warned over “conflicting” parking signs in Caistor Market Place on Wednesdays, after 17 tickets were apparently issued in one day.
Local businessman Rick Sandham issued the warning at the public forum of Caistor Town Council last night (Thursday, April 13, 2017).
When time-limited parking was introduced in the Market Place, a small market was still held there every Wednesday and Saturday. Shoppers were prohibited from parking in the spaces near the Lion statue to allow stallholders to set up in the area.
However, the stallholders have since pulled out from trading on Wednesdays, leading to confusion as to whether the parking prohibition still applies.
Mr Sandham said the situation was “ridiculous” and said a personal appeal to the ticketing officer had not been successful.
He had not been ticketed personally but was concerned about how the situation could affect pensioners and the town’s trade.
People were reminded that parking is still prohibited until 6pm on Saturdays, even though stallholders usually pack up during the early afternoon.
The validity of the tickets issued, in the light of “conflicting” signs, remains unclear, despite attempts by Town Clerk Helen Pitman to establish whether they could be waived on appeal.
Cllr Deborah Barker suggested the council “should attach the urgency to removing the (confusing) sign”.
However, the council was told it did not have the legal power to cover the sign and that efforts to remove it must go through the proper channels.
Mayor Carol Mackenzie told Mr Sandham the councillors were aware of the situation and efforts to resolve it were continuing. Lincolnshire County Councillor Tony Turner is also working with Ms Pitman to resolve the issue, she added.