Parking wardens bust-up

Natural Carpet Care who say they have been unfairly targeted by parking attendants in Eastbourne. February 13th 2013 E07207P

Natural Carpet Care who say they have been unfairly targeted by parking attendants in Eastbourne. February 13th 2013 E07207P

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The boss of a carpet cleaning firm has blasted parking wardens for what he calls double standards when it comes to giving out tickets in Eastbourne.

Spencer Davies runs Natural Carpet Care and says NSL wardens turn a blind eye to the vehicle parked in a disabled bay belonging to the company that cleans their office in Gildredge Road, but frequently gives tickets to trade vans parked in loading bays.

“This parking company has demonstrated to me a severe lack of professionalism and consistency,” said Mr Davies. “Selective ticketing is utterly unacceptable, you cant pick and chose who you issue tickets to because they are your friends.

“The one big gripe I have is that I try to do the right thing and park in a loading bay while working and I got a ticket because of it.

“Yet the company that services their office blatantly parks in a disabled bay outside each and every night for months receiving no tickets.”

Mr Davies, whose company has been operating in Eastbourne and Brighton for 25 years, said he received a ticket for parking in a loading bay for 20 minutes at 9.55pm one night and paid it but wants to see an end to what he called double standards when it comes to wardens giving out tickets.

He added, “I consider the parking regime to be harmful for the business community in Eastbourne, especially when operators abuse the authority and responsibility given to them.”

NSL, which operates the pay to park and permit scheme in Eastbourne on behalf of East Sussex County Council, said this week it would be reminding the company which cleans its offices not to park in the disabled bay outside.

Dr Belinda Webb at NSL said, “We thank Mr Davies for bringing it to our attention that last week SKY incorrectly parked in a disabled bay whilst they were cleaning the building. Had the building been staffed with CEOs at the time, the matter would have been dealt with in the same way as we handle any other contravention.

“This has been made clear to SKY Cleaning Services and its drivers, who are usually advised to park at the rear of the building.”