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Online parking fine appeals system offered for first time

When we get a parking ticket how many of us scratch our heads wondering if we've got the time, energy or patience to question it?

This week Brighton and Hove has become the first city in the country to introduce a new online system for contesting fines - and it's soon to be rolled out across our region.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Cllr Gill Mitchell of Brighton and Hove City Council, and Steve Percy of the People's Parking Protest.

'Free parking' as Portsmouth wardens go on 24 strike

Portsmouth traffic wardens are going on strike this Wednesday over 'micromanaging bosses'.

Unite, the country's largest union which represents 23 civil enforcement officers (CEOs), have accused the council of being focused on intimidating union members rather than resolving the dispute.

For three months now, as this has been growing, the city council have only met twice with Unite.

The 24 hour strike is over:

  • an unfair job evaluation process which resulted in CEOs getting mo pay increase, while supervisors' income rose
  • poor staff changing facilities, with no segregation between men and women (a plaster board was only just been put up)
  • a hostil, overbearing management style
  • a 40% increase of penalty charge notices that have to be given out on a daily basis
  • a full days pay docked after striking for 2 hours on January 28th

Unite regional officer Ian Woodland said, "Our members have reluctantly decided to move to full strike action. It is regrettable that we have to take this step, but the attitude of council management has left us with no alternative."