Businessman claims parking wardens are driving shoppers out of Sunderland

Taha Alassady shows where his car was parked in Sans Street South, Sunderland, where he was accused of blocking a long dropped kerb, but in reality had left a wide section of the kerb clear.

Taha Alassady shows where his car was parked in Sans Street South, Sunderland, where he was accused of blocking a long dropped kerb, but in reality had left a wide section of the kerb clear.

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A DISGRUNTLED driver wants to warn others about parking in a city street.

Businessman Taha Alassady thought he was saving cash when he left his Citroen near Sunderland city centre.

But he returned to Sans Street South to find he had been slapped with a parking ticket.

Mr Alassady, who owns a food shop in city centre, said traffic wardens in Sunderland are driving shoppers and traders away.

He said: “I dropped somebody off, stayed for about an hour from 2pm and by the time I came back, I saw the ticket.

“There were no parking bays, just a normal road with no signs to say that you’re not allowed to park.

“If there was a sign saying not to park there, then I would not have parked there.

“I’ve seen other cars parked in the same place for about an hour, so I waited for the traffic warden, but saw nobody.

“They should at least put a sign there to saying that you should not park there.”

Although Mr Alassady, who lives in Ashbrooke, admits he was parked by a dropped kerb, he said he did not know this was an offence and he left room for people to get by.

The 32-year-old’s appeal against the parking ticket was rejected by Sunderland City Council and he has now paid the £35 fine, which rises to £70 after 14 days.

He claims traffic wardens are also causing problems at his shop in Borough Road and calls for better and cheaper parking in the city centre.

“We have customers coming to us and saying, ‘We used to come to you and we don’t mind coming to your shop, but where will we park?’.

“We have vans unloading and straightaway the traffic wardens are waiting for them.”

Sunderland City Council confirmed it was not legally obliged to erect signs 
to enforce the nationwide ban on parking by a dropped footway.

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