Drivers were left fuming after being hit with parking fines for unknowingly leaving their vehicles in disabled only bays that appeared “overnight.”
Some said they had been parking on Queen Street in Rhyl for many years and hadn’t noticed new signs that popped up recently detailing the changes.
They got a shock when they returned to their cars to find they’d been slapped with £70 fixed penalty notices.
Denbighshire Council has tonight announced that all ticketed cars will now be cancelled.
The changes have been introduced as part of town centre improvement works which are also causing controversy in Ruthin and Llangollen.
A similar scheme in Denbigh has already been scrapped due to a community backlash.
Pictures taken by David Roberts of rows of vehicles slapped with tickets on Queen Street were shared on social media, kicking off a debate on the Rhyl Forum Facebook page.
One said: “Absolute joke! Just putting the final nail in the coffin, town is dying as it is this will just kill it off. And yes just a money spinning venture for the council. DISGRACEFUL.”
Another wrote: “And they wonder why there are so many empty shops in the town centre. The council should be thinking of ways to get the centre back open and attracting people back to Rhyl.”
One woman said: “It will stop people popping into town for a couple of bits. This will be the end of what we had left of what you’d call a high street. Sad times. Out of town retail parks with parking will gain.”
One said: “I’ve parked there for 40 years. Rules changed overnight without warning.”
But one said: “Moral of this story read the signs! I see you said they changed overnight but you should still check them. Hardly killed the town, if the cars drove 100 yards up the road there is a new car park on the right of Queen Street and there’s a car park on Water Street so what’s the problem?”
One man replied: “Who reads these sort of notices these days? What they should have done is put notices on the cars a few weeks prior to changing. Informing drivers beforehand would have been a more sensible and fairer way. Slapping tickets on cars this way is an underhanded way to make a quick buck! Disgraceful!!”
Another wrote: “It would be much better having a warden walking up and down the road for a couple of weeks advising people of the new restrictions rather than issuing tickets…but that’s not as rewarding for the council.”
A man said: “The local retailers both large and small have had a hard enough year already without this adding to their lack of footfall.”
Denbighshire Council say the new road layouts aim to “facilitate social distancing and make it easier for people to travel actively within town centres.”
It means on-street loading and disabled parking facilities have been suspended and re-introduced on the west side of Bodfor and Queen Street for the duration of the 18-month trial period.
In addition, the council will also be changing the layout of the junction of Wellington Road and Queen Street, to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
A Denbighshire Council spokesman said: “We are aware some motorists have been issued penalty charge notices on Queen Street, Rhyl, for parking in the loading/disabled bays that have recently been introduced.
“As a goodwill gesture we will be cancelling those penalty charge notices.”
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