An Ocean Shores resident says she is furious that council sent seven people to her local beach on Easter Sunday to fine people for ‘respectful’ parking.
The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that she had angle parked her car at New Brighton.
‘They provide inadequate parking next to the dog beach and have said only parallel parking is allowed,’ she said. ‘That only fits three cars.’
‘Out of respect for everyone else also trying to attend the beach with their dogs and children, people park on an angle so more cars can fit.’
The woman said they were fining everyone on an angle. ‘Not because we were blocking anyone’s driveway or doing anything even remotely wrong other than parking on an angle instead of parallel to allow more people to fit.
‘They have come along on Easter Sunday with seven staff, a few walking around on the ground and another three in a car driving around. They started fining families $112. It’s disgusting and a complete waste of time.
The woman said she spoke to the staff about wrecking a perfectly good holiday. ‘I said, “you’ve got to be kidding me! You’re really going around fining people on Easter Sunday when they’re just trying to spend time with their families?” I said ” you provide inadequate parking here, so we park on an angle so that more cars can fit in. We’re just being respecting of the people that live in the area”. And he said, “You’re disrespecting the people who live here because they’re the ones that ring and complain”.’
‘I’m a local, that’s why we all park that way, so that we can all still take our dogs to the beach. I just think it’s super mean spirited of them.
‘They have just ruined so many people’s Easter, it’s awful!’