|Stoke-on-Trent: Spy Hard|
A Stoke-on-Trent Council ‘spy’ car has raked in
£457,000 in parking fines in just four years. One of its victims, David Martin of Mow Cop, was hit with a £35 fine last
year after parking outside Wright’s Pies, in Tunstall, for less than a
minute. He is less than impressed. “Since I had my fine I completely avoid parking in Tunstall
town centre. Now I park out of town and walk in because I don’t want to
take the risk.” The spy-car rakes in an average £114,000 a year. At a rate of £35 a pop, that is over 3200 customers deterred from the town each year.
For a city reeling from massive corruption
, you would think they would be keen to attract more business rather than engaging predatory behaviour, but the greed of the council must be served first. Presumably as a reward for this master-stroke of leadership, Chief Executive John van de Laarschot recently
£5,400 increase in his basic salary, up from £189,600 to £195,000. I'm sure Mr Martin of Mow Cop will find that very reassuring.
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