June 11, 2013 1 Comment
The problem with being reliant on local media reporting is that there is always the danger that you do not get the full picture. Thus beholden to the Southend Echo for its reporting of Wardens scare off scooter rally mods I can only hope that it is accurate (whilst wishing that it is not). I have had a very sore back (thanks to Gary Pepper at Hadleigh Osteopathy for the treatment) and so did not witness scooters being driven away by zealous traffic enforcement.
It seems that the council are now not content with scooters rallies. They are already less than welcoming to cruise events, have scrapped the air show, and are shutting the pier for a number of days in the winter. Thank goodness there is full employment and no need for visitors and their cash!
I have had family work in traffic enforcement and know what an important, if under-valued, job they do. It is not easy and often they are assaulted. It is sad but true that there are members of the public who are unrestrained in demonstrating their displeasure. That being said, I have heard far too many stories of over-enthusiastic enforcement that allows little room for common sense.
The vast majority of those caught parking where they should not will be annoyed but will be realistic if they know they are in the wrong. What does irritate is where no allowance is made when dropping off old or infirm relatives, or the brief stop to unload shopping and kids. I have even heard someone being fined whilst they went in search of change for the ticket machines.
I hear stories of traffic wardens hiding behind bushes ready to pounce at the merest transgression, and of shoppers who are a minute or two late returning to vehicles only to see the dreaded ticket under the windscreen wiper (to the despair of local shopkeepers who wonder whether it is another customer lost to out of town shopping areas where parking is free).
How parking is enforced in Southend-on-Sea is a political decision. We should be proud that people want to visit our seafront. These scooter rallies in of themselves entertain the locals by virtue of their cherished and often exotic machines; that they will also unleash their wallets in search of cheap and tasty repasts in something that can only be good for traders.
How parking is enforced in Southend-on-Sea is a political decision. Politicians should be encouraging sensible enforcement, and should suggest that frightening away visitors, however it may strain and constrain traffic flow and the available parking spaces, is not a very good idea.
How parking is enforced in Southend-on-Sea is a political decision, and should be made using common sense.