'Parking wardens prowl Purley High Street', complains man given two tickets in a week
TRAFFIC wardens who prowl the borough's most ticketed road were facing new claims of heavy-handedness this week.
Ian Robinson has accused council workers of preying on motorists while parking bays in Purley High Street are closed because of roadworks.
Mr Robinson, 54, was caught twice in one week while collecting Indian takeaways.
The marketing consultant said he was forced to park on the kerb because all the parking spaces were cordoned off.
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But after rushing into Zaal to collect the family takeaway, he returned after five minutes to find a penalty notice slapped on his windscreen.
Mr Robinson said: "It happened when the roadworks were ridiculous, the parking spaces were closed off and there was nowhere to park at all.
"I just went to pick up the curry – it's my Friday night routine with the wife and children in front of the TV after they finish taekwondo.
"I was only there for five minutes, because I ring up beforehand, and I'd been given a ticket. I looked down the road and all the cars were plastered with them because there was nowhere to park."
The marketing consultant added: "It's cynical from the council. They were preying on people. They knew there were big roadworks there and not many spaces for anyone and so they exploited it. It was disgusting.
"It sends off the wrong message about the council. We expect them to be sympathetic.
"You just want to see some common sense rather than behaving in a way that is not conducive to everyday living.
"It's the most expensive takeaway of my life."
The parking ticket was Mr Robinson's second in a week while collecting a takeaway during the height of the roadworks.
He was issued with two £120 fines but only paid half for settling the penalty within a week.
In May, the Advertiser reported how 6,665 parking tickets were issued on the road in 2010/11 – the highest in the whole of Croydon.
The figure compares with 4,437 in Cherry Orchard Road, which is about a third longer, and 4,094 and 3,556 in London Road and Brighton Road respectively.
The penalty for serious parking contraventions was raised by London Councils £10 in April this year, with tickets now ranging from anywhere between £60, for "less serious" offences, and £130 for "more serious" breaches.
A council spokesman said: "There has been an effect on parking availability in Purley during the time that the regeneration works have been undertaken, but the onus remains on the motorist to observe the regulations.
"The number of civil enforcement officers in the area has not been increased and, as is always the case, penalty charge notices have been issued only when breaches of the parking regulations have occurred."