A HEAVILY pregnant Stalybridge trader has hit out after receiving a ticket for unloading goods outside her shop in Armentieres Square.
Jessica Winterbottom, who runs recently opened The Chip Shop, believes certain wardens need to be more sympathetic towards shopkeepers and their customers.
She has appealed the decision after being penalised for unloading outside her shop where there are double yellow lines.
Jessica said: “I am heavily pregnant and it wasn’t practical to park further away and carry things from a further distance.
“Some of the wardens are fine, but there is the odd one who isn’t understanding.
“I have started a small business and trying to make a living and they are not giving us a chance.”
Jessica also spoke of customers parking outside and having to hurry back to their cars as wardens approached.
She called for a common-sense approach to parking – a permit for business owners and also a small window for customers to park to pick up their takeaways.
Jessica is not alone as a number of other businesses owners have also received tickets.
Cllr Liam Billington, a customer at The Chip Shop, has taken up the case with Tameside Council.
Cllr Billington, who was elected to serve Stalybridge South in May, said: “My campaign was based on improving the town centre.
“I have spoken to a number of businesses and they need somewhere to park when they are bringing in goods.
“We are trying to encourage more people into the town centre yet some parking wardens seem on a mission to book as many people as possible.
“I have asked for the double yellow lines to be removed in those bays and short-stay parking to be permitted.”
A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “An exemption in the legal order means traders will not get a ticket if loading or unloading starts within five minutes of parking up.
“However, if a vehicle is left on the double yellow lines with no activity, enforcement officers are entitled to take action.”