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Bude firefighters 'tired' of being issued parkingtickets outside station

Bude firefighters are being issued parking tickets outside station


FIREFIGHTERS handling 999 calls in north Cornwall say they are fed up with being issued with crazy parking tickets.
There are no designated spaces by the station in Bude, so retained firefighters say they have to park their vehicles on double yellow lines when they arrive to set off on an emergency.


A pay-and-display car park near the station is said to be "impractical" for crews attending emergencies when time is of the essence.

The firefighters do not have to pay the fines as the notices are rescinded by Cornwall Council, which says it is working to find a solution in order to cut out the administration time of cancelling the notices.

The Fire Stations's manager Daryl Wellington said the only other option for parking nearby, a pay-and-display car park, was not a realistic option.

A proposal for identification cards in the cars had been abandoned because of the risk of duplication by other drivers.

Daryl said: "There is an option to rescind them if we contact Cornwall Council, but it seems a lengthy process to go through.

"Personnel are just looking for peace of mind to park at the station when they are on a call out."

Lance Kennedy, Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for the fire and rescue service, said the council was considering creating a parking area, which could also be used for training, around the station.

He said: "If personnel get a ticket it will be immediately rescinded."

Barrie's Comment:  "If the council were given a list of the firefighters' vehicles surely this would solve the problem"


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