Drivers slapped with fines on a Sheffield street claim they had just ‘one hour’s notice’ that parking had been suspended.
Residents of Sharrow Vale Road, Sharrow Vale, said they woke on Wednesday to find the £35 tickets from Sheffield Council and a piece of A4 paper stating parking was not allowed from then until Tuesday, January 28.
The householders have already paid for annual permits so they can park outside their homes.
Roadworks were planned to start on January 8 – with parking temporarily suspended during from then – but residents believed they could park as the work still had not begun.
It eventually started yesterday.
Max Slinger, aged 21, an IT and business studies student at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “I called the council to find out how much notice it should give us and couldn’t get a solid answer.
“I don’t think it’s fair to put this new sign up first thing in the morning and then give everybody a ticket with an hour’s notice. I paid £86 for my permit, only to get a £35 ticket.
“There must have been 10 cars with tickets that morning – it’s very frustrating.”
Northern Power Grid was expected to carry out work to put in new power lines on the road on Wednesday, January 8. Sheffield Council said a ‘small section’ of parking bays were suspended.
Coun Leigh Bramall, council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “Notices were put up telling residents the work would be carried out on January 8, a week before any penalties were issued on January 15. A number of residents called parking services to enquire about the signs.
“We clearly advised them that they would not be able to park in those bays to enable the work to be undertaken, or penalties would be issued.
“There are other parking bays available on the road and in surrounding streets.”
Northern Power Grid said the work would be completed at the end of the month.