Titlul filmului din deschiderea actualei ediții, Comunitatea , poate fi interpretat ca o pledoarie pentru unitatea europeană, pusă sub atâtea semne de întrebare în această primăvară agitată. But we should be careful what we wish for, judging by a unique social experiment that appears to have gone disastrously wrong in Aberystwyth, West Wales.
Share this article Share Just two months ago, a survey revealed that traffic wardens were the profession most hated by the British public. We would all like to be rid of these most unpopular of pavement pounders, and left free to park wherever we want.
But we should be careful what we wish for, judging by a unique social experiment that appears to have gone disastrously wrong in Aberystwyth, West Wales.
Until last summer, this was a sedate seaside resort and university town of 18, people — a fair proportion of them university lecturers and senior civil servants the Welsh Assembly has an outpost here. Only now has Ceredigion County Council got around to sorting out the problem, with new wardens due to start issuing tickets next week.
For the last 12 months, citizens have been free to park wherever they please, without fear of prosecution. And any faith in human nature, that people might act responsibly and observe the restrictions anyway, is quickly dispelled by a visit to the town. Forget Armageddon — this is Carmageddon.
Pavement parking: The local newspaper, Cambrian News, has run a regular Street of Shame feature, picturing some of the worst-offending cars, complete with unobscured number plates Soon after the wardens left, there were reports of motorists resorting to fisticuffs over what little space there was to park in.
With allocated loading bays being blocked by family saloons, frustrated delivery drivers are simply stopping their lorries in the middle of the street, with queues of het-up motorists honking in frustration and demanding to know when they will be moving on.
It's dog-eat-dog, with fisticuffs over parking spaces Some shopkeepers have been begging for the return of the traffic wardens to restore order — but not all of them. His endorsement is rather undermined by the fact he delivers it while parking his Vauxhall Astra on double yellow lines, which are there to allow access to a loading bay.
Many locals complain about the lack of consideration of others while happily flouting the regulations themselves.
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I even witnessed an altercation on one street corner after a guy refused to move his vehicle to let another driver pass by. If you do, they just laugh at you.
Traffic wardens, reviled though they may be, do at least ensure that parking is not restricted to those willing and able to fight literally for a space. All being well, Mr Morgan and his old Rover will soon hollywood u rising stars dating thomas hunt able to reclaim the streets.
From next week, a team of six full-time civil-enforcement officers will patrol the town — and Mr Morgan is hoping for a little retribution.