Hopeless! City council criticised as two vehicles with 17 parking tickets remain on Sussex Street in Norwich

The car and van parked on Sussex Street which had attracted 17 parking tickets between them at the l

The car and van parked on Sussex Street which had attracted 17 parking tickets between them at the last count. Picture: Luke Powell. - Credit: Archant

The city council has been criticised for its lack of enforcement action against two illegally parked vehicles.

Local residents have complained about the lack of action. Stuart McLaren, left, and Nick Hall are pi

Local residents have complained about the lack of action. Stuart McLaren, left, and Nick Hall are pictured next to the van causing problems for permit parking holders in Sussex Street, Norwich, last September. Picture: Luke Powell - Credit: Archant

A car and van left on Sussex Street in Norwich without a permit have collected 17 parking tickets between them.

It is the second time in seven months a vehicle has been allowed to amass such a large amount of tickets on the same stretch of road.

And now people living nearby are urging Norwich City Council to take action.

Nick Hall, 70, chairman of the St Augustine's Community Together Residents' Association, said: 'The council's response has been hopeless, weak and ineffective. If this was London, those would be gone in two or three hours.


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'We are all fed up with it, we really are. It makes the area look shabby.

'I just can't understand the council's policy. The owner's are taking the mic out of them.'

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He said the vehicles, which are in a two-hour parking slot, have been there for around six months.

The black van has also recently been targeted by vandals, who have smashed the driver and passenger-side windows.

Mr Hall claimed the council was taking its time on the issue as Sussex Street was not in a more desirable area of the city.

'I've said to the council several times if this was on Unthank Road, how long would it last?,' he added.

'I'm positive if it was that area, they would have moved it.'

Back in September, a different van received 11 parking tickets after it was left on the same road for around two months.

It was parked across two permit holder spaces and meant that people were having to leave their cars in temporary bays.

A note on its dashboard stated at the time that it had broken down and would be moved 'as soon as possible'.

Speaking back in September, the city council said it had no powers to remove the vehicle as it had not been abandoned and had road tax.

Instead, a spokesman advised people to contact the police for advice.

Mr Hall said the white van was eventually moved.

The council was unable to provide a comment on the latest parking issue in time for deadline.

Do you have an issue with abandoned vehicles in your area? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772 684

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