Poppy day parking ticket anger of ex-soldier Alex

Essex County Standard: Poppy day parking ticket anger of ex-soldier Alex Poppy day parking ticket anger of ex-soldier Alex

A FORMER soldier has accused parking wardens of using Remembrance Sunday as a cash cow after he was given a parking ticket at 11.11am, the time of the two-minute silence to pay tribute to the fallen.

Alex McKinney, a bomb disposal expert for 23 years, was paying his respects at Colchester’s war memorial when his car was ticketed in St Nicholas Street.

Mr McKinney, 43, of Harwich Road, Colchester, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got back.

“It was probably just the traffic warden’s bad luck with the time on it, but I think it shows they’re using events like Remembrance Sunday as a cash cow, which isn’t right.

“Like a lot of people that day, I was paying my respects and you have to park somewhere, don’t you?

“There shouldn’t be restrictions for a day like that given the number of people who want to go.”

Essex County Standard:

Mr McKinney was in 621 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, based at Colchester Garrison, for 23 years and served in Northern Ireland and Germany during his time the Armed Forces.

He is refusing to pay the £70 fine, which could end up landing him with a court summons.

He said: “It’s out of principle really.

“I just don’t think it’s right.”

A North Essex Parking Partnership spokesman said: “To help ensure safe traffic flow and reduce congestion, all restrictions apply every day of the year, unless the roadside signs state otherwise.

“We were not approached by anyone to request parking restrictions were lifted for Remembrance Day.

“Motorists could have used the nearby Priory Street car park which is just 50p to park all day on Sundays.”

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8:23am Mon 30 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Simply put this guy is an idiot parking illegally and it has nothing to do with him being an ex soldier or that it happened on Remembrance Sunday! Pay your parking fine and get on with your life because going to the press just shows you up as being very foolish!
Simply put this guy is an idiot parking illegally and it has nothing to do with him being an ex soldier or that it happened on Remembrance Sunday! Pay your parking fine and get on with your life because going to the press just shows you up as being very foolish! Say It As It Is OK?

8:40am Mon 30 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Who on the council is in charge of the contract to nepp?That person could wave it in this case.and maybe sensibly suspend parking restrictions in town between 10.30 and 11.30 11/11 every year.just a thought.
Who on the council is in charge of the contract to nepp?That person could wave it in this case.and maybe sensibly suspend parking restrictions in town between 10.30 and 11.30 11/11 every year.just a thought. stevedawson

9:09am Mon 30 Dec 13

greenbroker says...

What do you expect from a council that had parking charges on Boxing Day?
What do you expect from a council that had parking charges on Boxing Day? greenbroker

10:13am Mon 30 Dec 13

wormshero says...

Surely "Man ignores parking restrictions, gets fined" would be a more suitable headline? There's plenty of parking in town and at that time it's incredibly cheap, it's not really necessary to get rid of the restrictions, and fairly silly to just presume that there's an exception in place. I dislike traffic wardens as much as the next person (they like to pace my street regularly, making it hard to load things into my car outside my house), but it's clear you can't park there and it's literally 30 seconds from a big, cheap, car park.
Surely "Man ignores parking restrictions, gets fined" would be a more suitable headline? There's plenty of parking in town and at that time it's incredibly cheap, it's not really necessary to get rid of the restrictions, and fairly silly to just presume that there's an exception in place. I dislike traffic wardens as much as the next person (they like to pace my street regularly, making it hard to load things into my car outside my house), but it's clear you can't park there and it's literally 30 seconds from a big, cheap, car park. wormshero

12:48pm Mon 30 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Hardly a worms hero retort.
Hardly a worms hero retort. stevedawson

3:25pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Boris says...

stevedawson wrote:
Who on the council is in charge of the contract to nepp?That person could wave it in this case.and maybe sensibly suspend parking restrictions in town between 10.30 and 11.30 11/11 every year.just a thought.
I'm pretty sure Martin Hunt is the portfolio holder, but the CBC website will tell you for sure. The RBL could write to Mr Hunt or his successor to propose something along the lines you suggest.
Till then, people like Mr McKinney had better obey the rules just as he obeyed his superior officers when he was in the army.
The parking attendants, alias traffic wardens, do a fine job and should be congratulated more often for the work they do, trying to maintain a bit of order on our streets.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Who on the council is in charge of the contract to nepp?That person could wave it in this case.and maybe sensibly suspend parking restrictions in town between 10.30 and 11.30 11/11 every year.just a thought.[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure Martin Hunt is the portfolio holder, but the CBC website will tell you for sure. The RBL could write to Mr Hunt or his successor to propose something along the lines you suggest. Till then, people like Mr McKinney had better obey the rules just as he obeyed his superior officers when he was in the army. The parking attendants, alias traffic wardens, do a fine job and should be congratulated more often for the work they do, trying to maintain a bit of order on our streets. Boris

4:52pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Madcowmac says...

Why should it we waived he parked illegally, why should parking restrictions be waived on 11/11. Parking restrictions are there for a reason.
Why should it we waived he parked illegally, why should parking restrictions be waived on 11/11. Parking restrictions are there for a reason. Madcowmac

9:48pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Fnagster says...

I'm sure he'd be the first to complain if someone parked across his drive to go and pay their respects.

Just pay the fine and don't park illegally next time!
I'm sure he'd be the first to complain if someone parked across his drive to go and pay their respects. Just pay the fine and don't park illegally next time! Fnagster

12:02am Tue 31 Dec 13

Reginald47 says...

The time of the minute's silence is not 11.11am, it's 11am and is therefore over by 11.01. This person was clearly parked illegally and should pay the consequences. And by the way, not that it matters, but how was the enforcement officer to know that his car belonged to an ex-soldier? I see no good reason for waving restrictions when there are, as people have said, plenty of car parks nearby. The chancer got caught - end of story. Why does the Gazette continually publish crap like this? Lazy journalism.
The time of the minute's silence is not 11.11am, it's 11am and is therefore over by 11.01. This person was clearly parked illegally and should pay the consequences. And by the way, not that it matters, but how was the enforcement officer to know that his car belonged to an ex-soldier? I see no good reason for waving restrictions when there are, as people have said, plenty of car parks nearby. The chancer got caught - end of story. Why does the Gazette continually publish crap like this? Lazy journalism. Reginald47

12:33pm Tue 31 Dec 13

friday_woods says...

'Man parks illegally - man gets ticket. Man uses his former job as an excuse and looks silly.' There you go Gazette, a more appropriate and correct headline for you. Could I use the same sort of excuse if I'd got a ticket when watching the xmas lights get turned on in the high street?
'Man parks illegally - man gets ticket. Man uses his former job as an excuse and looks silly.' There you go Gazette, a more appropriate and correct headline for you. Could I use the same sort of excuse if I'd got a ticket when watching the xmas lights get turned on in the high street? friday_woods

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