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Grantham Journal letters: As a motorist I feel hard done by

By KentOnline reporter

Last Sunday morning I was at The Guildhall to help with the “get-in” for Grantham Dramatic Society’s production of “When We Are Married” which is being performed there this week.

Whenever I am there in the evenings, I park on the neighbouring street of Watergate if there is a space and, assuming that there were no restrictions on a Sunday, I did so again. Imagine my surprise therefore when I returned later to find I had been given a parking ticket.

I fully admit that I should have read the sign restricting parking to 30 minutes between 8.00 and 6.00 more carefully and that the official who gave me a ticket was only doing his job.

However, I would be interested in learning the council’s reasoning as to why there should be any restriction on a Sunday when all the public car parks are free. The buildings where I parked on Watergate are largely occupied by businesses, all of which were closed and I would respectfully suggest that anyone visiting a pub, a church or the shops on the High Street and St Peter’s Hill would want to park for more than 30 minutes.

I would add that another of my fellow thespians who parked on an adjoining road also received a parking ticket. We both feel rather hard done by when our efforts to contribute to the cultural life of the town have cost us £25 each!

Tony Hine


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