More than 50 cars towed away during parking crackdown around Goose Fair

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18 blue badges were also seized

More than 50 cars were towed away for breaking parking restrictions during this years’ Goose Fair.

Thousands of people from all over the country flocked to the annual historic fair, held from October 4 to 8.

Special restrictions were in place around The Forest Recreation Ground during the week, but this didn’t deter some motorists.

The crackdown this year – carried out by Nottingham City Council’s community protection officers (CPOs) saw 270 parking charge notices issued.

A total of 59 vehicles were towed away from the surrounding areas, which included Forest Road West and Southey Street.

Drivers were slapped with either a £105 tow-away fee, a ticket fine of £35, or both.

It means more than £8,000 would have been taken from motorists during the crackdown on illegal parking.

Cllr Toby Neal, portfolio holder for community and customer services, said: “We have the same traffic restrictions in place each year at the Goose Fair and they are there for a very important reason, which is to make the site safe for everyone and to ensure there is access for emergency vehicles.

“Unfortunately there were a number of drivers who parked inconsiderately and as a result had their cars towed away or were given Penalty Charge Notices.

“We also seized 18 Blue badges during the Goose Fair period, some badges had expired and one belonged to a deceased holder.”

The restricted access was to allow easy access for emergency vehicles, and to protect fair-goers.

They were in place from 12am Wednesday, October 4 to 12am Sunday, October 8.

Some 18 blue badges were also seized by the CPOs.

This is a decrease on last years’ figures as 30 disabled blue badges were seized, but only 51 cars were towed away last year.

The officers say some of the badges seized this year were expired. But, different to last year, one was used which belonged to a deceased person.

Last year, one hopeful visitor used a disabled badge that was more than nine years out of date.

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