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Drivers warned of conmen clampers

BOROUGH council bosses are warning drivers not to pay up if their vehicles are clamped on town centre car parks.

BOROUGH council bosses are warning drivers not to pay up if their vehicles are clamped on town centre car parks.

Concerns that conmen have moved into Ellesmere Port were raised yesterday.

But council spokesman Denise Tideswell said: 'We are not using clamps and if a vehicle is illegally parked we will issue a parking ticket.

'If their vehicle is clamped drivers should refuse to pay and instead phone the police for assistance.'

Spin-off effects of parking charges have angered residents and traders alike.

Motorists avoiding fees are filling up side-streets across the town centre.

Bob Phoenix, who lives in Heathfield Road, said: 'People are parking outside my house and I've tried to deter them by placing a bollard in my parking space, but even this has been moved.

'The area should be for residents' parking only, but people are driving around looking for somewhere to park which creates congestion.'

Denis Statham, of Enfield Road, claims he can no longer park anywhere near his house.

He said: 'By 7.30am the road is full. You don't dare go out in your car because as soon as you do someone parks right outside your home.'

Val Preston, who owns a hair salon in Enfield Road, said: 'The worst days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It seems to be mostly workers who are even leaving their vehicles parked across junctions.'

Tony Dean, from Rod 'n' Reel fishing tackle shop in the same road, said: 'It's absolute murder and is seriously affecting my business as we can't get deliveries to the shop.'

Tony Forshaw, of Forshaw's Electrics in Enfield Road, said: 'We can't get vans near enough to our business to load or unload. Yet again the council is introducing a scheme without working it out.'

Kieran Collins, of the borough council's joint highways team, said: 'We will be keeping a close eye on whether more motorists are parking in surrounding streets.

'If this proves to be the case we will assess the situation to see whether any traffic regulation orders might be appropriate.'

Two market traders, Dave Hussey, who runs a fabric stall, and Christine Chesters, of Lisa's Lingerie, have become the first businesses to offer to refund shoppers' parking fees.

Customers who spend £5 on fabric at Mr Hussey's stall or £20 at Lisa's will be able to exchange their parking refund voucher for the 30p cost of up to two hours parking.

Council bosses hope other town centre businesses will follow suit.


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