TRAFFIC wardens may not have been seen recently, but they are still there!
That was the message to Fleetwood motorists from Lancashire County Council – despite a claim by locals none have been seen in the town for months.
The issue was raised at a meeting of Fleetwood Town Council where Coun John Warnock claimed it was more than a year since he had seen a warden.
Others in the town have told a similar story – but the county authority insists they are mistaken.
A spokesman said: “When Lancashire County Council took over enforcement of on-street parking in 2009, a county-wide approach was taken to enforcement.
“As part of making this service more effective, officers may use cars and bikes as well as traditional foot patrols. This allows officers greater mobility and they can then visit more locations, but this can lead to officers being less noticeable. “People experiencing particular difficulties in areas with on-street parking restrictions can request enforcement.”
But Dave McGurty, of Mobility 2000 on Lord Street, said: “It’s eight months since there were any traffic wardens.
“I know because vans come to deliver at the side of this shop and they keep an eye out for the wardens.
“Customer like to load mobility scooters into cars and park close and there has been no problem for them.”
Jackie Murray of the Plush gift shop on Lord Street, added: “I haven’t seen a traffic warden this year. It’s been good. I haven’t heard anyone complain.”
And John Fern, of Fish’s hardware store, said: “I’m glad to see the back of them.They harm my business.”