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BRITS on one of the UK’s most ticketed high streets have slammed their council after years of forking out excessive parking fines.

Motorists on Brentwood High Street in Essex are slapped with thousands of penalties every year – and say there are “extortionate” daily parking costs just to avoid them.

A parking warden issuing a ticket on one of the UK's most ticketed street

A parking warden issuing a ticket on one of the UK’s most ticketed streetCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN
Greengrocer market stall holder John, 78, who got a ticket 'just for unloading'

Greengrocer market stall holder John, 78, who got a ticket ‘just for unloadingCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN

Amid the cost of living crisis which continues to see bills skyrocket across the country, shoppers in the town say their main street has been plagued by costly parking disputes.

Peri Sinclair, the owner of a local print shop, said locals are forced into either paying the huge parking prices or risk getting caught out by eager wardens.

Peri said: “They don’t even give me a space for my shopit definitely hurts my bank account, its just extortionate money.

I think parking is one of Brentwood’s downfalls,” ela adicionou.

A parcela de HOJE de Lorraine foi lançada no caos como não um, mas DOIS convidados, 50, said the situation was “nojento” as she has to pay over £8 a day to avoid being slapped with a fine when working on the high street.

Ela disse: “We work in shops, all on pretty much minimum wage, and it’s a big percentage of our wages just to not even get a ticket.

The council are always coming for more tickets and you have no choice but to pay. I think they are really greedy.

It has really damaged the main high street, a lot of the main shops have gone.

And the wardens are really quick. It makes you think twice about working here.

Lorraine’s co-worker Victoria, 25, said she even racks up around three parking tickets per week.

Mais do que 3,300 fines have been handed out along Brentwood High Street over the past year, landing the council over £80,500according to a Freedom of Information request by the LDRS.

A spokesperson for Brentwood Borough Council said in a statement to Brentwood Live: “Há 30 minutes free parking in our Brentwood High Street area car parks, which we encourage people to
use if they need to pop to the High Street.

But locals have said forceful ticket wardens are actually far quicker, often slapping them with a fine after no time at all.

We pulled up for literally less than five minutes, and he’s given us a ticket,” said Anthony, 32, who had pulled into a disabled bay to unload as he is currently on crutches.

I can’t even tell you how quick it was. We must have come out and was here within 5 segundos.

He saw I was on crutches. I said sorry can I just move it instead of giving me a tickethe didn’t even give me a second to try and move.

They’re just jobsworths.

João

People in the shopping hub’s local food market claimed that the high numbers of street parking fines has affected the number of customers they see walking past their stall in the street.

Market stall holder John, 78, disse: “We have lost a little bit of parking traffic, sim.

We got a ticket the other day, they gave me a ticket just for unloading – the guy just said ‘it’s not my job’.

They’re just jobsworths.

Vontade, 18, a waiter in a popular restaurant on the high street, disse: “They’ve just got a power trip as fake police officers. They’re wondering all up and down all the time.

It is a bit excessive. I want to know what they’re investing it into.

Boutique shop French Quarter owner Lin agreed, adicionando: “With retail being the way it is at the moment, we need all the support we can get!”

And local hairdresser Yasmin, 28, disse: “We pay £8 a day, which is over £150 per month and we still always get tickets.

I feel like we put into the community, we make the council money, and they’re not even willing to reduce the parking.

It’s been going on for years.

Anthony, 32, who is on crutches, just after being ticketed

Anthony, 32, who is on crutches, just after being ticketedCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN
A penalty charge notice pinned to a vehicle on the High Street

A penalty charge notice pinned to a vehicle on the High StreetCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN
The local authority is believed to have handed out more parking fines than any other in the UK

The local authority is believed to have handed out more parking fines than any other in the UKCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN
French Quarter shop owner Lin Heath with Shannon Cox

French Quarter shop owner Lin Heath with Shannon CoxCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN
Cars parked on the busy town high street

Cars parked on the busy town high streetCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN
A parking sign on High Street in Brentwood, Essex

A parking sign on High Street in Brentwood, EssexCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN
Shop workers Victoria, 25 , and Lorraine, 50, who described the situation as 'disgusting'

Shop workers Victoria, 25 , and Lorraine, 50, who described the situation as ‘disgustingCrédito: JOHN McLELLAN