Council closes Grantham car park “trap”

The space in Greenwoods Row car park before the yellow lines were put down. Photo: 0158A
The space in Greenwoods Row car park before the yellow lines were put down. Photo: 0158A

Furious motorists have hit out at the district council after they were fined for leaving their cars in what they believed was a parking bay.

Numerous drivers have been caught out when parking their vehicles in the corner of Greenwoods Row car park nearest Guildhall Street. They complained that there was nothing to warn drivers not to park there.

The space in Greenwoods Row car park after the yellow lines were painted and bike rack moved on Wednesday. Photo: 0157A

The space in Greenwoods Row car park after the yellow lines were painted and bike rack moved on Wednesday. Photo: 0157A

On Wednesday, two days after the Journal spoke to South Kesteven District Council about the problem, workers painted yellow lines around the “bay” and moved a bike rack towards the middle.

Disabled driver Clive Loosley, of Caythorpe, who parked there last Friday described the situation as “ridiculous”.

Mr Loosley, 55, who was visiting the town with his wife Jean, said: “If they are not going to properly mark out the bays then what do they expect? There is nothing to show that the parking area ends there. It’s ridiculous. It’s just a money trap, a cash cow.”

Mr Loosley said he had appealed on-line against the fine and would go to court if necessary.

The Journal was still waiting for a reply at the time of going to press when it asked the council if fines would be withdrawn.

Another driver, Neptune Reeves, of Allington, has appealed against his fine, and told the Journal it had been rejected by the council.

Mr Reeves, who parked there on August 24, said he had gone back to measure the bay and it was exactly the same width as the other parking spaces.

Mr Reeves said: “It’s an abolute con. It’s a classic tale of the jobsworths trying to make extra money. Common sense should prevail. I am in two minds as to whether to pay the fine or not.”

Businessman Ged McKnight, who runs Fellowes Cafe nearby, said he had seen four cars receive tickets on Friday and since the traffic wardens were reintroduced into town, between three and six cars a day were being ticketed in that space. He said: “It’s daylight robbery.”

Tom Morton, who can see the space from his taxi and tattoo businesses across the road, said: “The warden was only there a minute and then he was taking a photo and putting a ticket on the car.”

SKDC’s Property Development Manager Neil Cucksey said: “As per the notices on all SKDC car parks, motorists are advised to not park beyond the bay markings or risk receiving a charge certificate.

“To avoid any confusion over this particular area in the car park, we have now marked it further to highlight it is not a bay and erected a sign advising motorists to not park in the 
space.”