EDITOR'S COMMENT: Council's parking policy is ridiculous
ANOTHER day, another example of Bristol City Council rigidly enforcing parking rules and making themselves look ridiculous. After the debacle with coaches outside the Hippodrome comes the story of council caretaker Stephen Irvine.
Here was a man working for the council, at a council building who was penalised wrongly by someone else working for the same council.
Not only did he get his car impounded, he got little support when he went to his bosses to explain.
Merely asking the parking company to waive the ticket was not enough.
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It needed someone with genuine authority to make a stand.
But instead Mr Irvine has been left severely inconvenienced and importantly more than £120 out of pocket.
How by anybody's standards can that be regarded as fair or reasonable?
He is not a well-paid member of their staff and surely no taxpayer would begrudge him being given a little help.
There are plenty of well-paid officers running Bristol City Council. One of them needs to take this matter up, send an apology to Mr Irvine, refund his fine, give him something extra for his inconvenience and then ensure this sort of nonsense does not happen again.