RESIDENTS on Lochiel Avenue say they have been fined for parking outside their own homes.
Edithvale resident Deon Vlotman has taken issue with new parking restrictions on his street. He says that residents on the street have been receiving fines of $165 from parking inspectors in the last five weeks.
“My neighbours are getting a ticket for $165, but if you take it to court they still make you pay the court costs. We pay [Kingston Council] to look after us, but this has become a cash cow to them,” he said.
“This is a residential area, but we get construction guys parking there from the station, and traffic using the street as a backroad,” he said. “A permit for residents is a solution to prevent us from getting tickets, they can still give tickets to non-residents. What does not help us is that they are issuing permits to build townhouses around us and not accommodating for more parking.
“We have been living there for 10 years. The council recently sent us a letter to propose this and ask what we think about what was going to happen. Then they just went ahead and did it.”
Kingston Council was contacted for comment.