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In our situation the no parking was for street lighting, three lights, each needing a space of about two car lengths. The notice was for the whole road (and neighbouring roads) 7am to 7pm.

The residents ignored the signs (no workmen turned up until 8:30 which the 7:00 to 8:30 am was a pure windup as before most leave to go to work), to there credit the Amey guys went knocking on doors to tell residents to move there cars off the road as the parking enforcement were coming and any car on the road any where, even though not in their way would be ticketed and towed away.

 

Some of the cars parked were by residents of adjoining roads and residents who had gone out and left their cars on the road so never got the warning.

 

As i moved my car the workmen parked one of their vans in the same spot -that was just rubbing salt in.

 

As the warden ticketed one car on the end of the road miles from any work taking place i pointed out it wasn't in their way but she just basically said its the rules. I said in that case the workmen's vans weren't legally exempt and rules being rules she must ticket them, she didn't but left with a perturbed look on her face.

 

The workmen left at 14:30 not to return but signs still up so as residents returned home from work with no where to park started ignoring the signs again. How difficult would it have been for the signs to have been removed when work finished, residents had nowhere else to park so had to ignore the parking restriction.

 

Whilst ever people are being forced to ignore the parking restriction and getting away with it how does the council expect people to take them seriously any other time when action is taken and much anger generated.

 

Its the biggest wind up from this grossly incompetent council, (we have had many over the last 10 years here), you feel like you are being treated as an irrelevant piece of crap, if the organiser of this works had to answer to the public that pays his wage then we would sack them.

 

I feel little hope of improvement in this cities administration as it continues to get worst. Absolutely no consideration for the people it is supposed to be serving.

 

The justification i read from planner1's post regarding the legal technicality the council have to carry out their action regardless of providing an appropriate service to the public just shows how we are thought of, they probably feel the city would be much better if they could get rid of all the residents, we just get in their way.

 

To save the "cost" of ticket wardens and recovery trucks taking vehicles to the other side of sheffield and subsequent administration that planner1 is saying is so expensive to justify the fine, in this case the one vehicle in their way could have been moved 10 foot out of the way taking about 10 minutes of the trucks time, it would have saved much animosity.

 

The reason that all cars on the road get towed is consistency. The enforcement officers can't know exactly how much space Amey need for any given task, so if vehicles need to be moved, they all go, not just a selected few. If you did it any other way you would be into arguments about "why did my car get towed and the neighbours didn't"?

 

The contractors vehicles are exempt from the restrictions as they are being used on the Council's business.

 

Similarly, all towed vehicles go the compound, where they are safe and covered by CCTV. How many people would be trying to claim for damage to the vehicle if they just lifted them to nearest street? The cost of the penalty and the tow charge would not be any different if they just put the vehicle round the corner. They are both set by legislation.

 

I don't buy the contention that people are "forced" to contravene a restriction or that there is nowhere else to park. It might be a bit further away, it might not be convenient, but there is an alternative.

 

This isn't about incompetence or lack of customer focus, it's about getting a very big job done without adding unduly to the already huge cost. There are operations that need to be carried out that require vehicles to be removed. Notice is given and signs are put up to advise people. I can't see how they can reasonably do more.

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In our situation the no parking was for street lighting, three lights, blah blah blah blah blah........

 

You sound like one of those annoying neighbours that has to find a problem with everything. Why not just move your car in time, and leave it parked elsewhere until the restriction ended, and be done with it? Talk about making a mountain over a mole hill :rolleyes:

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These sort of stories are just pointlessly inflammatory. They always include a massive financial sum to stir it up further.

 

The usual ones are "single speed camera fines drivers £150,000" etc. The fact is if you obey the rules you don't get fined and therefore there's no issue.

 

Yes you do! And yes there is!

 

---------- Post added 17-07-2016 at 14:40 ----------

 

Oh my word such anger. You should try to take a walk in a park more often.

 

Let me make it clear for you, the signs are up for a month prior. If your car was towed you have no recourse to feel hard done by. Plus this map shows every road is scheduled: https://maps.sheffield.gov.uk/LocalViewExt/Sites/MasterProgramme/

 

Let me, one again, make it clear for you. The signs on the road from which my car was removed were put up FOUR DAYS before work commenced. SCC told me that in their response to my initial challenge.

 

So Berberis, why are you pedaling inaccurate rubbish?

 

S

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We had notices put up recently on our street to allow for footpath resurfacing. They went up well in advance of the works starting, and clearly stated the relevant time frames. I had a very unique and cunning plan to avoid having to pay any parking fine for infringing these notices - I ensured my car was not parked within the designated areas during the relevant times. It was quite simple really.

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We had notices put up recently on our street to allow for footpath resurfacing. They went up well in advance of the works starting, and clearly stated the relevant time frames. I had a very unique and cunning plan to avoid having to pay any parking fine for infringing these notices - I ensured my car was not parked within the designated areas during the relevant times. It was quite simple really.

 

Well done Baldrick: a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel :o

 

Maybe that's where I went wrong then: my plan just wasn't cunning enough. I opted for reading the leaflet that came through my door and then parking on a road not included in Amey's schedule of works. How stupid was I?

 

In future, I shall simply ignore all literature received at my house—tax demands, gas bills, birthday cards—because clearly you can't rely on any of it.

 

S

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Just borrow a <removed> spreader from a local farmer and paint the front of the Town Hall.

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Just borrow a <removed> spreader from a local farmer and paint the front of the Town Hall.

 

Now, that does sound like a cunning plan :P

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Priory Road, S7 is tomorrow, Monday, hardly any signs and most residents seem unaware, seems really dodgy, the people who use it a free car park are going to get a shock as well.

 

---------- Post added 17-07-2016 at 18:38 ----------

 

My lovely Grandma always used to say that a fool and their money are easily parted.

For goodness sake, there really can't be a single motorist who lives in Sheffield who doesn't know that all the roads are to be resurfaced and have all the opportunity to look on the internet for guidance of when this may happen in their area.

 

I would like a link, thanks

 

---------- Post added 17-07-2016 at 18:39 ----------

 

Exactly so. Be observant for the signs and if you ARE going away and planning to leave your car on the road leave a spare set of keys with a neighbour or trusted friend.

It really isn't that difficult to simply move your vehicle each morning is it ?

 

It is for sick and disable people.

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Signs went up last week ,no parking Dixon rd from the 18 th for 2 days . No sign of any work commencing ,strangely enough cars were still parking there . Do they know something I don't ???

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No - they are taking a gamble and will be crying when their car gets towed away.

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Daven I can understand a few silly people but not the whole rd . The 2 days are up now and no work has been done .

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Daven I can understand a few silly people but not the whole rd . The 2 days are up now and no work has been done .

 

Yep - same here. The "stripping" crew came on the first day advertised, ripped the surface up and then left. They told one of my neighbours that the "surfacing" crew were running a fortnight behind schedule.

 

So my road is fairly unusable (because of bumps, raised ironworks, height differential between the road surface and the pavement etc), and won't be surfaced for much longer than the original plan.

 

And yes, moving the dates around impacts those who, for health reasons, need to keep their car near their house, or can't get out to move it easily.

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