Contractors working on a city centre development were left gobsmacked after a traffic warden was spotted issuing a JCB with a ticket.
The blue ticket, understood to be a warning notice, was issued on Monday, July 31 after the warden saw it parked in the Cornhill Quarter behind Wilkinsons.
One person working at the market, who did not wish to be named, said on Facebook group You’re Probably From Lincoln If… they couldn’t believe it when they saw the warden climbing the JCB to put a ticket on the windscreen.
They told The Lincolnite: “It was issued by a parking warden, the council have decided no one is allowed to park down the side of the central market or behind Wilkos.
“So they have been giving tickets out, the blue one is a warning one that if it’s parked there again a yellow one will be issued!
“Quite funny as the attendant was a large man who would have had to climb up to pop it on the window screen!
“It is a funny story, made us all chuckle.
“But on a serious note, traders have been getting tickets behind there too, hard work when trying to unload stock!”
New parking restrictions
Lincolnshire County Council currently contract a private enforcement company for that area.
Matt Jones, parking services manager, said: “Following consultation with Lincoln BIG and the city council, new parking rules are currently being trialled in this area. As a result, there is no parking or loading allowed at any time, except within the marked bays.
“This area can get quite congested at the moment, so the changes should also help improve access for delivery vehicles and the emergency services.
“They will also complement the redevelopment of this part of town, creating a more attractive environment for shoppers.
“At the moment, we have only been issuing warnings to give people time to adapt. However, we will shortly start issuing actual tickets. If anyone feels they have been unfairly ticketed, there is an appeal process outlined on the back of the ticket.”
Prior to this, there was a no waiting at any time restriction in place. In addition, access was restricted to vehicles over 1.5 tonnes between 10am and 4pm. However, this second restriction was only enforceable by the police.