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Vicar sees red over yellow-line fiasco

09 May 2014

BRADFORD TELEGRAPH AND ARGUS

At bay: the Revd Beverley Mason outside All Saints', Bingley

At bay: the Revd Beverley Mason outside All Saints', Bingley

PARKING wardens who targeted worshippers' cars as they attended Sunday services got their come-uppance when a clergywoman photographed their van parked on double yellow lines on a bend in the road.

Their discomfiture was complete when the picture appeared on the front page of their local paper, on the internet, and in the national press, leading to a dressing-down from their bosses.

The Vicar, the Revd Beverley Mason, and her congregation at All Saints', Bingley, in West Yorkshire, have been at odds with Bradford Council's parking patrol for years over the two-hour time limit outside their church.

Some parishioners believe that they are singled out by the wardens. Ms Mason said: "We are easy pickings. They know they are going to get people.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw them on the double yellow lines. I took some photos on my phoneto show my friends. They wereso embarrassed, they asked menot to show their number plate. I told the Bishop, and he just said: 'Tweet'.

"We are not in the business of persecuting people, but the parking is a really big problem. People get tickets every other week. Two hours outside an active, growing church isn't very long. People go across the road to Church House after service for refreshments, and get stung because they spend too long talk-ing.

"It's great fellowship which takes place after worship. It's a really important time; so to have that curtailed is frustrating and sad. Where else do you have two-hour parking limits in a residential area on a Sunday? It does feel very harsh."

Miss Mason, who has received four tickets herself, is to meet officials next week. "If they could extend the time to four hours, or even lift the restrictions on a Sunday, that would be very helpful."

A spokesman for Bradford Council said: "It is clearly unacceptable for a council van to be parked on double yellow lines, and all wardens have been instructed they must adhere to parking restrictions at all times.

"We need to look into this matter to see what has happened on this occasion, and consider what action needs to be taken."

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