Traffic warden deemed ‘worst in the country’ after argument breaks out in Hornchurch due to parking issues

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 October 2017

Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch. Picture: Google Maps

Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch. Picture: Google Maps

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A traffic warden, labelled by a shop owner as “the worst in the country”, is under police investigation after allegedly verbally abusing a driver.

Traders, customers and children were left in shock as a woman traffic warden became aggressive and started shouting abuse at a driver who came out of a shop in Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, and saw she had been given a parking ticket.

The incident led to witnesses calling the police.

But this is just one of many occasions where the council employee has abused drivers, according to businesses.

One shop owner said: “This woman is in the wrong job, she shouldn’t be dealing with members of the public if she thinks it’s OK to use such disgusting language.

“She has got to be the worst parking warden in the country.”

A Havering Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of this incident and are investigating this matter in conjunction with the police.”

Businesses are growing frustrated and concerned tension between drivers and traffic wardens “stinging” them with parking tickets on a daily basis, will affect their trade.

Following the argument with the traffic warden whose behaviour has been described as “disgusting”, it has been agreed by many of the businesses that the problem stems from parking issues.

Drivers are prohibited from parking in Hornchurch Road between 8-9.30am and 4-6.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Unclear signage, a broken parking meter and traffic wardens “hiding around the corner waiting to pounce” on unsuspecting drivers, have all contributed to tensions rising.

Owner of The Hair Sanctuary Helen Chapman said: “We get parking wardens stinging drivers with tickets almost every day.

“It’s not fair on our customers when it’s not very clear they can’t park between those times and I think it’s stopping people from coming to the shops.”

Supervisor at takeaway Now Piri Piri, Bianca Timofte said: “Some of the customers do get annoyed when they have to rush to get their food.

“I think the parking problems stop some people from visiting.”

While the Recorder was speaking to the businesses, an argument started between a traffic warden and mum-of-one Chelsie Hood, from Hornchurch, who received a £110 fine.

She said: “I’m absolutely fuming. It needs to be made a lot clearer that we cannot park here if they’re going to justify charging drivers.”

The row of shops created a petition earlier this year, asking for Havering Council to re-look at parking in Hornchurch Road and specifically at the restricted parking hours and signage.

Around 1,000 people signed the petition but the proposal did not go any further despite support.

Owner of East Coast Music shop John Cook said: “We need something to change.

“We try and warn customers when they cannot park there but we shouldn’t have to be doing that, that’s what the signs are meant to be there. It’s very frustrating for all of us.”

A Havering Council spokesman has confirmed that the signs outside the row of shops were inspected by council officers yesterday (Thurs).

He said: “Whenever there is a fault with our machines we will cease enforcement until the problem has been resolved.”

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