01:30PM, Thursday 06 October 2016
Businesses in the town centre have petitioned the Royal Borough over what they describe as ‘rude’ and ‘aggressive’ parking enforcement officers.
More than 15 retailers in the High Street, Queen Street and Bridge Street have signed petitions about the behaviour of the new traffic wardens, which they say will put customers off from using their shops.
The wardens are from a private firm and are on a trial period.
Leigh-Anne Groocock, secretary at Modacapelli in Queen Street, said their customers had complained about how they were being spoken to by the wardens.
She said: “They just seem to give a ticket for no reason.
“They are just not helpful with our clients.”
Modacapelli was one business that appeared on the Queen Street petition, which said it ‘would not be sensible to drive even more custom out of the town on an issue that could be easily resolved’.
Cllr Carwyn Cox (Con, Hurley and Walthams), cabinet member for environmental services, said any complaints made directly to the council would be taken seriously.
He added that he was not aware of the petition yet, or of any complaints made directly to the council.
He said: “On the contrary, I had had positive anecdotes that they have been friendly and courteous.”
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