Time for a little leeway over city car parking
Published 08/07/2013 | 01:30
I thought I was being the 'good citizen' on Saturday, June 23 when I went shopping in Belfast (my home city). I wanted to respond to the Backin' Belfast campaign.
Traffic was light and I found it very easy to get a parking space and I bought two hours' worth of on-street parking behind the City Hall taking me up to 1530hrs.
I supported local business by buying lunch with the family, a new suit and other clothes. There seemed to be very few people around.
There were more police in the city than shoppers due to protesters!
I got a bit delayed and returned to the car just as a traffic warden was issuing a ticket at 1549, admittedly I was 19 minutes late.
In the present context is it not time Belfast City Council exercised a little discretion regarding ticket offences?
Would it help the Backin' Belfast campaign if a tiny bit of grace was evident?
Would it be appropriate to ask BCC to give shoppers, who are also motorists, a break from zealous and uber-efficient traffic wardens?
Is there any room for a little bit of common sense when businesses are struggling and a considerable amount of money has been spent to tempt shoppers back into the city?
I'm fed up with them. There's a debate to be had regarding city centre shopping versus out of town 'under one roof' shopping. That day my mind was made up.