Arbitrary parking rules

Formerly diagonal parking had been allowed, which allowed more cars to be parked at a time when the flea market needs all the parking it can get.

I believe there’s a story to be had at the Bridgeview Community Centre Sunday flea market.

Recently, the City of Surrey decided to enforce the parallel parking only rule on 115 Avenue on the north side of the community centre.

Formerly diagonal parking had been allowed, which allowed more cars to be parked at a time when the flea market needs all the parking it can get.

But the city decided this was unsafe as well as illegal and so posted new parking signs on 115 Avenue.

They did not, however, post any signs on 126A Street in front of the community centre.

This has now turned into a cash cow for the city with tickets being issued by enforcement officers at their discretion.

I find it very unfair for the city to expect people to know where to park when there are no parking signs to guide a motorist.

I would like to know why the city decided to enforce the parallel parking rule in an area which needs as much parking as possible, but only during flea market hours on a Sunday.

I believe they have created the real parking problem which can only hurt the flea market vendors if the customers stay away.

And since I received my parking ticket, I am one who may go elsewhere.

 

Jim Ervin

Surrey North Delta Leader