Ayr: Town terrorized by notorious parking attendant

Newmarket Street retailers are not happy about parking tickets in Ayr town center for delivery drivers leaving stock.

Retailers say they are not happy about the rogue parking attendant (Image: Ayrshire Post/Media Scotland)

A group of angry merchants say that businesses are being driven out of town because of a notorious parking attendant.

Business owners in Ayr, Scotland say the problem is so severe that they are afraid to unload goods outside their shops.

Since it opened last November, the owner of a new bakery in town called Wild Dough has received 11 parking tickets totaling £330.

He had only been in the bakery for three days before he was given a ticket.

It took her a month to get a parking permit for her business, which only allows her to unload before 10:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.

Greek restaurant owner Tony Kyrcikos has regular clashes with the parking attendant and described how business owners feel like they’ve been ‘hunted’.

“I was in the process of moving my car, I was waiting for someone to bring me the keys to the restaurant. He gave me a ticket for that,’ she said.

‘All the shops here are fed up. We have all complained about him.

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Jim McSherry says most people have been victims of the parking attendant (Image: Ayrshire Post/Media Scotland)

Tony said that at one point, a 70-year-old disabled man parked near his restaurant to get some food before receiving a parking ticket.

He says he paid for it, but incidents like this are driving people away from downtown shopping.

Jim McSherry, a local pub owner, says most business owners have been victimized by the parking attendant.

They are opening new businesses on Newmarket Street. We are trying to bring people to the city,” she said.

This idiot is running them out of town. You are not being reasonable at all. He is not giving anyone a chance.

Hairdresser Alison Ingram has been open in the Scottish city for 39 years and says she’s been at the bottom of six tickets costing £240.

She said the city has had many parking attendants over the years who are generally friendly and helpful.

A spokesperson for the Ayrshire Roads Alliance said: ‘The restrictions on Newmarket Street have not changed and are very clear. Newmarket Street is a pedestrian zone and there should be no vehicle access during the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

’30 minutes of loading/unloading are allowed after 4:30 p.m. and before 10:30 a.m. for vehicles with a loading permit or goods vehicles. We have written to all businesses to remind them of parking restrictions.’

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