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Sunday parking fines uproar

Plaid Cymru Councillor Alun Lenny

  CHURCH-GOERS in Carmarthen were given a taste of what lies ahead when traffic wardens wrongly ticketed a number of cars on Sunday April 12.

Plaid Cymru Councillor Alun Lenny
Plaid Cymru Councillor Alun Lenny

The tickets were issued in error by enforcement officers who were meant to be issuing warning notices to drivers who had parked on double yellow lines or obstructed drop-kerbs.

As of May, however, parking tickets will be issued seven days a week in the town, according to parking manager John McEvoy.

Plaid Cymru Councillor Alun Lenny suggested that the targeting of cars at both ends of the town hinted at a deliberate strategy on behalf of the wardens.

“Goodwill has always been shown on Sunday mornings by a little relaxation of parking restrictions,” Cllr Lenny added.

Carmarthenshire County Council assured us that it would have been noticed during processing that the tickets were issued on a Sunday morning, and that no fines would actually have been paid.

However, as of the first of May this will no longer be the case, and people wishing to attend church, many of whom are elderly, will face a much longer walk to their place of worship or run the risk of a financial penalty.