ANNOYED city residents have complained after receiving parking fines on Bank Holiday Monday.

Residents from the Arboretum, in Worcester, have protested about getting parking tickets after claiming they weren’t aware that traffic wardens work Bank Holidays.

There’s a parking restriction from Monday to Saturday in the area, however on Sundays drivers can park on single yellow lines or in the timed bays.

The residents claim they were led to believe that the rules on Sundays also applied to Bank Holidays.

County councillor Matthew Jenkins said: “I have had a lot of people contact me about the parking fines.

"Many have lived in the area for over 20 years and have never experienced a parking fine on a Bank Holiday. It came as a bit of a shock to some.”

One resident, Steve Britton, who received a parking ticket said: “I’m a bit miffed – no one likes getting a fine.

“I was walking back home from town and saw loads of cars that had a ticket. I want some clarification on the rules. We are all a little annoyed as to what could have changed.”


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If residents pay the penalty within 14 days it will be £35. Otherwise it’s £70.

Mr Britton, aged 29, has appealed against the fine.

Liz Brookes, member of the Arboretum Residents Association, who has lived in the area for 21 years, said: “A resident told me a traffic warden told her that they were expected to ticket around 100 people in the Arboretum on Bank Holiday Monday.

“When I got back home later that day there were all these cars that had been ticketed. There were around six cars on my street that had a fine.

“There’s never been a traffic warden working Bank Holidays before. None of us knew. It doesn’t give the residents any chance at all to escape the fines.

“Will this happen on Christmas and Boxing Day? They can’t pick and choose which Bank Holidays to work.”

Ms Brookes added: “They are very hot round here. I have previously left my house at 5.30am in my pyjamas just to find a parking spot opposite my house.

“Parking in the area is a nightmare. You can’t just pop to the shop in your car as you’re not guaranteed a space when you come back.”

A city council spokesman said: “The parking signs in the area state that no parking is permitted Monday-Saturday 8.30am-5.30pm. No exception for bank holidays is mentioned.

“Anyone who receives a penalty charge notice for parking has the right to appeal against the fine.

"Instructions on how to appeal are included on the notice.”