U-turn over parking blitz is now confirmed

Roadworks disrupted parking in Victoria Street
Roadworks disrupted parking in Victoria Street

Dunstable neighbours are delighted with confirmation that parking tickets slapped on their cars during roadworks are definitely being cancelled.

The Gazette has told of how people in Victoria Street were furious when they woke on a Sunday morning only to find tickets on a long line of cars.

One angry neighbour, Lucy Cook, said the road had been closed except for access for residents. On the day before the tickets were issued, she found nearby bays dug up and others were obstructed.

As an emergency measure, drivers parked opposite the bays, in spots they felt posed no danger – only to find tickets on 19 cars the next morning.

Lucy, who parked on a single yellow line, said: “I could see people standing in the road discussing it and obviously as angry as I was.”

At the time, Central Beds Council told the Gazette this should not have happened and that the matter would be investigated.

Now Councillor Carole Hegley has circulated a notice among the neighbours.

She wrote: “I have been advised that the fines will be cancelled.

“The council have acknowledged the exceptional circumstances on this occasion and reconsidered.”

And she added: “I am pursuing work to investigate additional parking spaces in the Prince Regent area. This is subject to funding, which I will do my best to progress.”