A Fishy Problem For Dorchester

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By MrBobBobly | Friday, December 31, 2010, 16:23

A fishy problem for Dorchester restaurant boss.

Owner of the Billy The Fish Restaurant in Dorchester and the fishmongers opposite has landed himself parking fines of nearly £3,000 due to over zealous enforcement of Dorchester’s town parking laws. Now Bailiffs are chasing William Burgess for the money and he is refusing to pay on principle.

It seems daft that traffic wardens are punishing local businesses that have to park on double yellow lines to unload goods for their shops. How do traffic wardens, or the council for that matter, think that businesses are going to stock up if every time they park outside their businesses they get a ticket without even being asked to move on? It is blatantly obvious that the council is not interested in helping out the town’s businesses even though it says otherwise.

The logical course of action would be to give businesses half an hour to unload, or twenty minutes minimum, so that they can replenish their stock with out getting find. They should then be asked to move on to help keep traffic flowing in the town.

But traffic wardens are simply not doing this, because as soon as they see a van on double yellow lines they slap a ticket on it without a word to the owner. It is because of this that Mr Burgess had to close his fishmongers simply because every time he unloaded stock for the shop he was ticketed.

The council should be ashamed for not supporting businesses.



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