Anger as mayor's car parked in taxi rank

The mayoral car parked on a taxi rank

The mayoral car parked on a taxi rank

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE mayor of Bury was left a little red-faced after her car was found to have parked in a taxi rank outside Blush nail and beauty salon.

The car, which transports Cllr Sharon Briggs to civic engagements, was spotted on Sunday, April 13 in Tithebarn Street, Bury, around 11.30am.

A former traffic warden who worked in Bury took a photograph of the car, and claimed that NSL Services, which manages parking on behalf of Bury Council, tell officers that they should not put a ticket on the mayoral car, even if it is breaking traffic rules.

A council spokesman said that the mayor was opening a new business, and that her car needs to park as close to the event for security reasons.

The former warden, who did not want to be named, said: “Just because it has the coat of arms of the door, they seem to think they can park wherever they want.

“If anyone else had parked like that, they would get a ticket. It’s not fair to the people of Bury who pay their council tax.”

It is not the first time that the mayoral car has been caught flouting parking restrictions.

Cllr Briggs was in Ramsbottom to open the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships in September last year when her car was pictured parking on double yellow lines off Bridge Street.

A council spokesman said: “The mayor was on official duty, giving her support to the opening of a new business in Bury.

“The company, Beautiful, was also holding an event to raise money for Bury Cancer Support, one of the mayor’s chosen charities.

“When the mayor is on official duty, it is necessary to park as close to the event on the grounds of security, as the mayor is wearing a valuable mayoral chain and her attendant is responsible for its security at all times.

“On this occasion, the taxi rank was empty and the mayor’s car was not causing any obstruction.”

In 2009, deputy mayor Cllr Farook Chaudhry was attacked by a drunken thug who attempted to steal his chain in Bury town centre.

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12:32pm Fri 9 May 14

buckfeed17 says...

Note to all people who wear expensive jewellery or clothing, you are now allowed to park wherever you want just incase someone wants to mug you.
Also, if you know someone doesn't like you and may wish to do you harm, you are now allowed to park your car right outside wherever your visiting just to be safe.
Note to all people who wear expensive jewellery or clothing, you are now allowed to park wherever you want just incase someone wants to mug you. Also, if you know someone doesn't like you and may wish to do you harm, you are now allowed to park your car right outside wherever your visiting just to be safe. buckfeed17
  • Score: 10

3:48pm Fri 9 May 14

buckfeed17 says...

On a serious note though, this is not a very big deal considering how other people in a position of "power" across the world flaunt the rules for their own gain. However, in this day in age the masses do not like it when the powers that be get away with things while the rest of us common people are punished.
Sorry Mrs Mayoress but you have to be squeeky clean nowadays.
On the flipside Blush Nail & Hair salon are loving the publicity :)
On a serious note though, this is not a very big deal considering how other people in a position of "power" across the world flaunt the rules for their own gain. However, in this day in age the masses do not like it when the powers that be get away with things while the rest of us common people are punished. Sorry Mrs Mayoress but you have to be squeeky clean nowadays. On the flipside Blush Nail & Hair salon are loving the publicity :) buckfeed17
  • Score: 6

8:56pm Fri 9 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

Q: Does the Mayor drive herself to engagements and park the car?
A: No of course she doesn't so I don't see why she should be a "little red faced" or get a ticket.

I can understand the need for her not to have to walk very far among the great unwashed and putting things in perspective there's not going to be much traffic around at 11:30 on a Sunday morning is there? Go on someone tell me "that's not the point".

I do like "unnamed former traffic wardens" comment:
"It’s not fair to the people of Bury who pay their council tax"

What's that got to do with the price of fish really?
Q: Does the Mayor drive herself to engagements and park the car? A: No of course she doesn't so I don't see why she should be a "little red faced" or get a ticket. I can understand the need for her not to have to walk very far among the great unwashed and putting things in perspective there's not going to be much traffic around at 11:30 on a Sunday morning is there? Go on someone tell me "that's not the point". I do like "unnamed former traffic wardens" comment: "It’s not fair to the people of Bury who pay their council tax" What's that got to do with the price of fish really? Babbar Divino
  • Score: 0

10:35pm Fri 9 May 14

Ginger Pussies Rule says...

The council tell us to pay a £1 to park in the car parks on Sunday and yet they flaunt this, sod you Mrs Mayor, and yet 20 seconds down the road there's a massive car park behind Wilkinson's!! Speaks volumes this one. One rule for us and the mugs out there can suffer. Well done to the Traffic Warden who brought this to our attention...
The council tell us to pay a £1 to park in the car parks on Sunday and yet they flaunt this, sod you Mrs Mayor, and yet 20 seconds down the road there's a massive car park behind Wilkinson's!! Speaks volumes this one. One rule for us and the mugs out there can suffer. Well done to the Traffic Warden who brought this to our attention... Ginger Pussies Rule
  • Score: 6

3:19am Sat 10 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

If the Wilkinsons's car park is 20 seconds down the road from this area of Tithebarn street for you then I suggest you get in touch with the Olympic committee and get your name down for the 200m. There is a much closer one of course but still not 20 seconds.

Again this is not the Mayor who is parking the car it's her driver who is a Council employee. Sod BMBC not Mrs Mayor.

Perhaps the Council don't have any money left for paying parking fees after the money "wasted", sorry, "invested" in the world renowned Sculpture Centre?
If the Wilkinsons's car park is 20 seconds down the road from this area of Tithebarn street for you then I suggest you get in touch with the Olympic committee and get your name down for the 200m. There is a much closer one of course but still not 20 seconds. Again this is not the Mayor who is parking the car it's her driver who is a Council employee. Sod BMBC not Mrs Mayor. Perhaps the Council don't have any money left for paying parking fees after the money "wasted", sorry, "invested" in the world renowned Sculpture Centre? Babbar Divino
  • Score: -1

3:26am Sat 10 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

Sorry I forgot to mention have you ever heard of the phrase " "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"?
Sorry I forgot to mention have you ever heard of the phrase " "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"? Babbar Divino
  • Score: 3

9:07am Sun 11 May 14

xBuryGirlx says...

Completely agree with Buckfeed's first comment.

Babbar Divino- are you the mayoress in disguise?
Completely agree with Buckfeed's first comment. Babbar Divino- are you the mayoress in disguise? xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Sun 11 May 14

dominoman says...

I can't see any problem here. The Mayor on official duty. How many taxi's would be parked there at that time of the day?

Not so long ago I used to see several Taxi's parked up on the roundabout in front of Bobby Peel's statue at tea times causing a big problem for the buses. Did any wardens hand out tickets to them like they should have?
I can't see any problem here. The Mayor on official duty. How many taxi's would be parked there at that time of the day? Not so long ago I used to see several Taxi's parked up on the roundabout in front of Bobby Peel's statue at tea times causing a big problem for the buses. Did any wardens hand out tickets to them like they should have? dominoman
  • Score: 2

9:41am Sat 7 Jun 14

sensible commenter says...

What small minded people we have. The Mayor is raising thousands of pounds for LOCAL charities and all these people who make stupid comments about harmless parking on a quiet day. Get a life you people !
What small minded people we have. The Mayor is raising thousands of pounds for LOCAL charities and all these people who make stupid comments about harmless parking on a quiet day. Get a life you people ! sensible commenter
  • Score: 2

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