Ticket for Devizes mayor

Mayor Pete Smith with his parking ticket       (DV618) By DIANE VOSE

Mayor Pete Smith with his parking ticket (DV618) By DIANE VOSE

First published in News

DEVIZES Mayor Pete Smith had his civic dignity stretched to the limit when he was given a parking ticket as he officiated at an event in Hillworth Park.

The ticket was served in Queens Road during the town council’s first folk festival on Sunday, August 11.

Coun Smith said: “The car park was full and I was a bit late for the start of the event, which I was supposed to be opening. I parked on the double yellow lines, which I admit was wrong, meaning to move the car as soon as possible.

“When I went to move it there was a parking attendant there giving me a ticket. I was standing there with my mayor’s chain and everything. I did appeal, but in the end I had to cough up.

“I feel he was a bit over-zealous and he could have seen the situation and made allowances. It was a Sunday and Queens Road isn’t exactly the town centre.”

Coun Smith was not alone in feeling the parking officer had overstepped the mark.

Simon Jacobs, Wiltshire councillor for Devizes and Roundway South, said: “Bearing in mind this was a Sunday and Mr Smith was on official business, I think the officer was being a little zealous.”

It is not the first time a parking officer has hit the headlines in Devizes. In 2004, while Kennet District Council was still in existence, parking attendant Michael Angell gave a parking ticket to one of the Blood Service’s vans while a donor session was taking place inside the Corn Exchange.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “These parking restrictions are in place to help maintain access for emergency vehicles and ensure people can use Wiltshire’s roads safely.”

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6:01pm Thu 29 Aug 13

paultheudderone says...

Good perhaps this will stop MR SMITH parking in disabled bays in town i am sorry if MR SMITH is disabled but maybe he should display his disabled badge.
Good perhaps this will stop MR SMITH parking in disabled bays in town i am sorry if MR SMITH is disabled but maybe he should display his disabled badge. paultheudderone
  • Score: 5

6:13pm Thu 29 Aug 13

AnotherSmith says...

So, just because you wear a Mayor's Chain you think you should be treated differently to anyone else who parks on double yellow lines! Really!?! Then Cllr Simon Jacobs thinks the officer was a little zealous in issuing the parking ticket as Mr Smith was on official business.....unbelie
vable!
Mr Smith parked somewhere he shouldn't, got caught and paid the consequences - just like any other member of the public would have to.
Rather than whinge because your status as Mayor didn't get you preferential treatment, try and set an example and abide by the regulations laid down under the Road Traffic Act!
So, just because you wear a Mayor's Chain you think you should be treated differently to anyone else who parks on double yellow lines! Really!?! Then Cllr Simon Jacobs thinks the officer was a little zealous in issuing the parking ticket as Mr Smith was on official business.....unbelie vable! Mr Smith parked somewhere he shouldn't, got caught and paid the consequences - just like any other member of the public would have to. Rather than whinge because your status as Mayor didn't get you preferential treatment, try and set an example and abide by the regulations laid down under the Road Traffic Act! AnotherSmith
  • Score: 9

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