Just parking mad at Dewsbury market!

MARKET traders in Dewsbury are up in arms about 'over-keen traffic wardens running riot'.

They say fines are being slapped on their vehicles in loading bays – despite unclear waiting time rules.

Johnny Smith, who runs a furniture store in the covered market, said: "Business is hard enough without extra pressure like this. The situation is a nightmare."

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Market veteran John Coleman, known as 'Dusty', is about to appeal against a parking ticket issued on his van last weekend.

"Admittedly my van was empty," said the 74-year-old, who sells childrenswear. "But I have to unload it on my own and then bring back empty containers. It all takes time."

Mr Coleman says some loading bay notices don't display a time limit. "The wardens say it's 10 minutes but no-one is sure," he said.

Mr Smith said the wardens were not playing fair with traders.

"They are far too keen and everyone is complaining," he said. "We are only doing our job. We just want them to leave us alone.

"We have to bring flat-pack furniture and put it together in the back of the van and it's impossible to do that in 30 minutes."

Glyn Riding, director of Cross's butchers, said: "We can't run our businesses properly as we are worried about our vans all the time."

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: "The request for enforcement in this area mainly comes from traders who comply with the regulations and who are frustrated by others who don't.

"Each area has its own parking restrictions which are there to ensure that access is maintained for all. Drivers must be mindful of them or risk getting a penalty notice."