It’s a cash cow

Bideford has always been a lovely town to live in. I have lived here for over 25 years. But in recent years it has been blighted with the council taking control of parking enforcement.

Recently, as a general electrician, I did a small job at Lacey’s in Coldharbour.

The cellar loading bay is in behind, so as I have done on numerous occasions in the past, I put the van in behind while I worked out the materials and tools I needed for the job.

To cover myself, I put a note in the windscreen saying working in pub, but after talking to the landlord I came back to the van to find a parking ticket.

This ticket was issued in the five minutes I was in the pub, which makes me believe that the officer saw me pull up and stood waiting for five minutes, then issued the ticket.

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The point I’m making is: where have the days gone when everyone helped each other? Why couldn’t he come and see me and ask me to move?

Most of us know the answer to that question – it’s become a cash cow for the council and even with these underhanded tactics they still make a loss.

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First thing in the morning, there are more civil enforcement officers in the town than shoppers – is it any wonder the businesses in Bideford are dying?

It’s our town and we all need to stand together to make it great again.

Stephen Ford


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