Bradford councillors under fire in £16,000 parking claims row

Bradford councillors under fire in £16,000 parking claims row

The NCP car park in Hall Ings, Bradford

Councillor Imran Hussain

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , T&A Reporter

“Brazen” Bradford councillors have been criticised for claiming more than £16,000 in car parking expenses – despite being able to park for free at Council-run car parks.

Between April 2012 and December last year, 71 councillors claimed a total of £16,419.78 between them for parking in the NCP car park on Hall Ings – across the road from City Hall.

A further two councillors – the Council’s deputy leader Councillor Imran Hussain (Lab, Toller) and Coun Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley) – were issued with a parking permit for the privately-operated NCP, at a cost of £945 each for the same period.

There are several Council-run car parks nearby.

As part of a review looking at the amount of money spent on councillors, the local authority has now decided to withdraw the NCP permits from the two councillors. Meanwhile, the long-established practice of paying the parking expenses of councillors who use the NCP is also “under review”.

Dia Chakravarty, political director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Bradford residents will be astonished at this sheer and brazen waste of their money by councillors. To spend that amount of residents’ cash on parking charges, particularly when local taxpayers have already paid for the Council-run free parking just around the corner, is outrageous and shows a complete lack of regard for those footing the bill.

“If the Council has so much spare cash to waste it should return it to the residents in tax cuts.”

The figures do not reveal how much each councillor claimed. Nor is a record kept of which councillors use Council-run car parks, and how often. For the 2012/2013 financial year, councillors claimed £10,403.28. So far this financial year £6,016.50 has been claimed.

Seventeen councillors are said to have not made any claims. They are: Keith Dredge (Lab, Keighley West); Sinead Engel (Lab, Clayton and Fairweather Green); David Gray (Lib Dem, Bolton and Undercliffe); Chris Greaves (Ind, Wharfedale); Council leader David Green (Lab, Wibsey); Vanda Greenwood (Lab, Windhill and Wrose); Alun Griffiths (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley); Susan Hinchcliffe (Lab, Windhill and Wrose); Chris Reid (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley); David Robinson (Ind, Wyke); Alexander Ross-Shaw (Lab, Windhill and Wrose); Malcolm Slater (Lab, Keighley East); Val Slater (Lab, Royds); Andrew Thornton (Lab, Royds); Alan Wainwright (Lab, Tong); Dorothy Wallace (Lib Dem, Eccleshill); and Kevin Warnes (Green, Shipley).

A Bradford Council spokesman said: “The NCP is only used when the other car parks are full. For some councillors, who are in the city centre for Council business on a very regular basis and who have responsibilities that can mean they have to come to City Hall at short notice, access to parking in the NCP is necessary.

“The figures for parking at the NCP and the parking permits are taken over almost a two-year period.”

Council leader Councillor David Green (Lab, Wibsey) said he used the bus. He said: “Councillors, by and large, only use the NCP when other car parks are full. But whether it is something that will continue is under review.”

In terms of nearby Council-run car parks, Sharpe Street has 98 spaces, Jacobs Well 198, the Crown Court has 180, while Radwell Drive has 105.

Coun Hawkesworth said she was given the NCP pass several years ago for safety reasons. She said: “I had a couple of cars vandalised before so I was given a permit that enabled me to go into the multi-storey NCP. For a considerable length of time I was coming into the city centre on a daily basis.

“Recently I wasn’t aware the pass was being allocated on the same basis. I thought it was only being charged each time I went in. When I realised the expense of the ticket I gave it back because it wasn’t the best use of money.”

Coun Hussain was unavailable for comment.

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6:53am Mon 3 Mar 14

Albion. says...

It wasn't actually compulsory for them to use the council run car parks but it should have been.
It wasn't actually compulsory for them to use the council run car parks but it should have been. Albion.
  • Score: 46

7:17am Mon 3 Mar 14

collos25 says...

Snouts at the trough.
Snouts at the trough. collos25
  • Score: 41

7:46am Mon 3 Mar 14

micela22 says...

Meanwhile, the long-established practice of paying the parking expenses of councillors who use the NCP is also “under review”.

"Under Review" should be cancelled immediately, if tey want to use it for whatever reason they should take responsibility for thier choice & pay, like the rest of us
Meanwhile, the long-established practice of paying the parking expenses of councillors who use the NCP is also “under review”. "Under Review" should be cancelled immediately, if tey want to use it for whatever reason they should take responsibility for thier choice & pay, like the rest of us micela22
  • Score: 48

8:26am Mon 3 Mar 14

David Shaw says...

How is this front page news. So councillors on average have spent £10 a week on parking. I spend more than that in a day. This is probably due to council run car parks being full. If councillors had reserved spaces in the car park there would be a bigger fuss made. Sensationalist journilism on a quiet news day across Bradford.
How is this front page news. So councillors on average have spent £10 a week on parking. I spend more than that in a day. This is probably due to council run car parks being full. If councillors had reserved spaces in the car park there would be a bigger fuss made. Sensationalist journilism on a quiet news day across Bradford. David Shaw
  • Score: -11

8:29am Mon 3 Mar 14

pww of idle says...

Yet another "Politician's action of DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO" and more expenses remunerations at the ordinary tax-payers cost.
Yet another "Politician's action of DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO" and more expenses remunerations at the ordinary tax-payers cost. pww of idle
  • Score: 29

8:30am Mon 3 Mar 14

denislamenis says...

I don't know why anyone is surprised, these people are a disgrace, they are just out to feather their own nests, make them pay it back!!!
I don't know why anyone is surprised, these people are a disgrace, they are just out to feather their own nests, make them pay it back!!! denislamenis
  • Score: 21

9:03am Mon 3 Mar 14

Rambo says...

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  • Score: 11

9:11am Mon 3 Mar 14

linebacker2 says...

Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses?

Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money.

PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do? linebacker2
  • Score: -2

9:18am Mon 3 Mar 14

cockadoodledo says...

Just a true example why we should only have 2 Councillors each ward rather than 3.
Only interested how they can fleece us, same as our local MP for Shipley.
No respect left for any of them! OINK OINK OINK.

Talking about closing public toilets, this money could have been spent on these. I could go on and on.!
Just a true example why we should only have 2 Councillors each ward rather than 3. Only interested how they can fleece us, same as our local MP for Shipley. No respect left for any of them! OINK OINK OINK. Talking about closing public toilets, this money could have been spent on these. I could go on and on.! cockadoodledo
  • Score: 17

9:18am Mon 3 Mar 14

Duke of Odsal says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses?

Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money.

PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
Erm - thats the list of those that DIDNT claim - and not one of them is a Tory - which suggest that all the Tory councillors DID claim!
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?[/p][/quote]Erm - thats the list of those that DIDNT claim - and not one of them is a Tory - which suggest that all the Tory councillors DID claim! Duke of Odsal
  • Score: 31

9:29am Mon 3 Mar 14

BigFigure says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses?

Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money.

PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
Err.....have another read,dear chap
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?[/p][/quote]Err.....have another read,dear chap BigFigure
  • Score: 27

9:35am Mon 3 Mar 14

MyBradford says...

What’s wrong with parking somewhere free & walk into city hall? As general public we all do it when we have to go to town.

With all that money claimed on parking I wonder if they also claim on fuel costs as well.

I wonder if it be cheaper to get taxi to city hall.

As general public we have to pay for it & if we step over line we are slapped with parking fines & further court costs yet these councillors are abusing their positions.

Stop paying expenses & they will start to cycle to work.

Greedy councillors are like vampires.

Nothing will get done because from top to bottom they are all at it & they will not shoot themselves In the Foot.
What’s wrong with parking somewhere free & walk into city hall? As general public we all do it when we have to go to town. With all that money claimed on parking I wonder if they also claim on fuel costs as well. I wonder if it be cheaper to get taxi to city hall. As general public we have to pay for it & if we step over line we are slapped with parking fines & further court costs yet these councillors are abusing their positions. Stop paying expenses & they will start to cycle to work. Greedy councillors are like vampires. Nothing will get done because from top to bottom they are all at it & they will not shoot themselves In the Foot. MyBradford
  • Score: 23

11:21am Mon 3 Mar 14

Farsley Bantam says...

David Shaw wrote:
How is this front page news. So councillors on average have spent £10 a week on parking. I spend more than that in a day. This is probably due to council run car parks being full. If councillors had reserved spaces in the car park there would be a bigger fuss made. Sensationalist journilism on a quiet news day across Bradford.
The sums are not huge (though £16k is a significant sum) it's just that it is a needless waste of money. They can park for free in Bradford Council car parks (a pretty decent perk already) but because they can't be ars3d to walk 500 yards they expect us to pay for them to park in Hall Ings. It's just the wasteful attitude of the council and those who represent it: someone else is paying so we'll do what we like.
[quote][p][bold]David Shaw[/bold] wrote: How is this front page news. So councillors on average have spent £10 a week on parking. I spend more than that in a day. This is probably due to council run car parks being full. If councillors had reserved spaces in the car park there would be a bigger fuss made. Sensationalist journilism on a quiet news day across Bradford.[/p][/quote]The sums are not huge (though £16k is a significant sum) it's just that it is a needless waste of money. They can park for free in Bradford Council car parks (a pretty decent perk already) but because they can't be ars3d to walk 500 yards they expect us to pay for them to park in Hall Ings. It's just the wasteful attitude of the council and those who represent it: someone else is paying so we'll do what we like. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 15

11:34am Mon 3 Mar 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses?

Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money.

PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
That list is of people who DID NOT claim expenses - well done for pointing out there is no Tories on there, meaning EVERY SINGLE OF THEM has made a claim. THAT 'speaks volumes' about 'Tory Cuts' and who is telling everyone else to be prudent and lying about how 'we're all in this together' - definitely 'a case of do as I say not as I do'. Anne Hawksworth, who has more than 2 paragraphs dedicated to her, is a Tory MP. Maybe you should read the actual article before hurling accusations at Green Councillors. A bit worrying people are agreeing with your rant ....
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?[/p][/quote]That list is of people who DID NOT claim expenses - well done for pointing out there is no Tories on there, meaning EVERY SINGLE OF THEM has made a claim. THAT 'speaks volumes' about 'Tory Cuts' and who is telling everyone else to be prudent and lying about how 'we're all in this together' - definitely 'a case of do as I say not as I do'. Anne Hawksworth, who has more than 2 paragraphs dedicated to her, is a Tory MP. Maybe you should read the actual article before hurling accusations at Green Councillors. A bit worrying people are agreeing with your rant .... moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 16

11:48am Mon 3 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Bradford councillorz working overtime
Bradford councillorz working overtime bd7 helper
  • Score: -8

12:07pm Mon 3 Mar 14

imi-r6 says...

Flog the b'stards and string em from the nearest lamp post that will teach em to waste OUR money
Flog the b'stards and string em from the nearest lamp post that will teach em to waste OUR money imi-r6
  • Score: 12

12:21pm Mon 3 Mar 14

linebacker2 says...

BigFigure wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses?

Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money.

PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
Err.....have another read,dear chap
Yep, humble pie eaten - read line back to front.
[quote][p][bold]BigFigure[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?[/p][/quote]Err.....have another read,dear chap[/p][/quote]Yep, humble pie eaten - read line back to front. linebacker2
  • Score: 12

12:30pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Cooperlane2 says...

I can't believe that they don't have their own personal litters, with unemployed people forced to carry them.
I can't believe that they don't have their own personal litters, with unemployed people forced to carry them. Cooperlane2
  • Score: 4

12:37pm Mon 3 Mar 14

cockadoodledo says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses?

Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money.

PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
Think you are mistaken there, the councillors mentioned are the ones not claiming the car park expenses.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?[/p][/quote]Think you are mistaken there, the councillors mentioned are the ones not claiming the car park expenses. cockadoodledo
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Mon 3 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

How often do ward councillors actually have to go to city hall? All those that have to go to scrutiny/licensing etc type meetings all get extra allowances or doing that. Why can't they pay to park like the rest of us?
How often do ward councillors actually have to go to city hall? All those that have to go to scrutiny/licensing etc type meetings all get extra allowances or doing that. Why can't they pay to park like the rest of us? BierleyBoy
  • Score: 11

2:07pm Mon 3 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

Waste, waste, waste. Something they are good at.
I find it quite strange that they have record of who hasn't claimed but not of who has! what sort of book keeping is that? whoops I forgot its Bradford.
Waste, waste, waste. Something they are good at. I find it quite strange that they have record of who hasn't claimed but not of who has! what sort of book keeping is that? whoops I forgot its Bradford. alive and awake
  • Score: 16

2:23pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Yorkshire Lass says...

Hope the council tax payers are not paying for these expenses. They should be paid for out of the exorbitant parking charges that the council imposes.
Hope the council tax payers are not paying for these expenses. They should be paid for out of the exorbitant parking charges that the council imposes. Yorkshire Lass
  • Score: 6

2:40pm Mon 3 Mar 14

johnh1 says...

For goodness sake give these people a break

They are not criminals, they are democratic elected public servants.

I have had priceless help from Councillor John Greenwood.

We don't see all the good works they do under enormous pressure.
For goodness sake give these people a break They are not criminals, they are democratic elected public servants. I have had priceless help from Councillor John Greenwood. We don't see all the good works they do under enormous pressure. johnh1
  • Score: -23

2:46pm Mon 3 Mar 14

johnh1 says...

Sorry last post should read counciller John Ruding.
Sorry last post should read counciller John Ruding. johnh1
  • Score: -10

3:32pm Mon 3 Mar 14

collos25 says...

Pressure you must be joking its the easiest money racket under the sun,there are plenty of people in this city under real pressure like paying for the increase in council tax.
Pressure you must be joking its the easiest money racket under the sun,there are plenty of people in this city under real pressure like paying for the increase in council tax. collos25
  • Score: 16

3:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

alive and awake wrote:
Waste, waste, waste. Something they are good at.
I find it quite strange that they have record of who hasn't claimed but not of who has! what sort of book keeping is that? whoops I forgot its Bradford.
Would you like to speculate on who may be the party with most to loose from that information being made public? Could it be the ones that keep harping on about the culture of entitlement at taxpayers expense? What's the word I'm looking for...?
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Waste, waste, waste. Something they are good at. I find it quite strange that they have record of who hasn't claimed but not of who has! what sort of book keeping is that? whoops I forgot its Bradford.[/p][/quote]Would you like to speculate on who may be the party with most to loose from that information being made public? Could it be the ones that keep harping on about the culture of entitlement at taxpayers expense? What's the word I'm looking for...? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -2

4:14pm Mon 3 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
Waste, waste, waste. Something they are good at.
I find it quite strange that they have record of who hasn't claimed but not of who has! what sort of book keeping is that? whoops I forgot its Bradford.
Would you like to speculate on who may be the party with most to loose from that information being made public? Could it be the ones that keep harping on about the culture of entitlement at taxpayers expense? What's the word I'm looking for...?
I have told you before I do not have any particular allegiance to any party, just a loathing for most Labour MP's because of what I see as total hoodwinking and lies. As for these parking expenses why cant they be named and shamed?
Is the Council accounting so inept they don't know? Or maybe the whole £16k is down to one person?
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Waste, waste, waste. Something they are good at. I find it quite strange that they have record of who hasn't claimed but not of who has! what sort of book keeping is that? whoops I forgot its Bradford.[/p][/quote]Would you like to speculate on who may be the party with most to loose from that information being made public? Could it be the ones that keep harping on about the culture of entitlement at taxpayers expense? What's the word I'm looking for...?[/p][/quote]I have told you before I do not have any particular allegiance to any party, just a loathing for most Labour MP's because of what I see as total hoodwinking and lies. As for these parking expenses why cant they be named and shamed? Is the Council accounting so inept they don't know? Or maybe the whole £16k is down to one person? alive and awake
  • Score: 6

5:05pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Rumb7e says...

johnh1 wrote:
For goodness sake give these people a break

They are not criminals, they are democratic elected public servants.

I have had priceless help from Councillor John Greenwood.

We don't see all the good works they do under enormous pressure.
I'm under enormous pressure and available for help will you pay my car park fees?
[quote][p][bold]johnh1[/bold] wrote: For goodness sake give these people a break They are not criminals, they are democratic elected public servants. I have had priceless help from Councillor John Greenwood. We don't see all the good works they do under enormous pressure.[/p][/quote]I'm under enormous pressure and available for help will you pay my car park fees? Rumb7e
  • Score: 10

5:12pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Rumb7e says...

Totally commend the councillors who have not claimed car park expenses.

Just a shame it does not include any of my local councillors in Heaton. With the local elections coming up I wonder if any of them will pledge not to claim car parking expenses?
Totally commend the councillors who have not claimed car park expenses. Just a shame it does not include any of my local councillors in Heaton. With the local elections coming up I wonder if any of them will pledge not to claim car parking expenses? Rumb7e
  • Score: 11

5:22pm Mon 3 Mar 14

cockadoodledo says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
Boots sell reading glasses!
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?[/p][/quote]Boots sell reading glasses! cockadoodledo
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Mon 3 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

cockadoodledo wrote:
linebacker2 wrote:
Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?
Boots sell reading glasses!
I think this issue now requires deeper investigation, we need to be sure that the time of any claim coincides with official Council business. I offer to do this free of charge. could be revealing.
[quote][p][bold]cockadoodledo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Anyone else notice there's no Tory councillors claiming car parking expenses? Speaks volumes that the Tories are more prudent with our money than the rest of them who only seem to moan about "Tory cuts" then waste our money. PS - Why's the "Green" councillor claiming parking? You'd have thought they'd cycle or use the bus - or is it a case of do as I say not as I do?[/p][/quote]Boots sell reading glasses![/p][/quote]I think this issue now requires deeper investigation, we need to be sure that the time of any claim coincides with official Council business. I offer to do this free of charge. could be revealing. alive and awake
  • Score: 9

7:38pm Mon 3 Mar 14

WayneRouke says...

It makes one wonder if there is an abuse of position or fraud here, If a councillor used his or her "Free Parking" for anything other than Council business, then the free parking is not authorised.

Just supposing said member, either before or after (or even during) the council meeting they were supposed to attend, said member decided to make full use of the ticket and do a bit of shopping, or pop for a coffee/beer in the bars opposite, or heaven forbid, carried out a bit of personal business.

What needs to be ascertained is whether the free parking was used solely and exclusively for Council Business. If not, then reimbursement of the unauthorised portion should be sought.

Thank Goodness I no longer pay anything to Bradford Council.
It makes one wonder if there is an abuse of position or fraud here, If a councillor used his or her "Free Parking" for anything other than Council business, then the free parking is not authorised. Just supposing said member, either before or after (or even during) the council meeting they were supposed to attend, said member decided to make full use of the ticket and do a bit of shopping, or pop for a coffee/beer in the bars opposite, or heaven forbid, carried out a bit of personal business. What needs to be ascertained is whether the free parking was used solely and exclusively for Council Business. If not, then reimbursement of the unauthorised portion should be sought. Thank Goodness I no longer pay anything to Bradford Council. WayneRouke
  • Score: 5

8:47pm Mon 3 Mar 14

yezboss says...

Criminal investigation ?
Criminal investigation ? yezboss
  • Score: 6

8:57pm Mon 3 Mar 14

WISE OLD WALTER says...

denislamenis wrote:
I don't know why anyone is surprised, these people are a disgrace, they are just out to feather their own nests, make them pay it back!!!
Feather their own nests ? please explain. They haven't pocketed it they paid for parking. Or are you suggesting they are submitting tickets they have not purchased ?
[quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: I don't know why anyone is surprised, these people are a disgrace, they are just out to feather their own nests, make them pay it back!!![/p][/quote]Feather their own nests ? please explain. They haven't pocketed it they paid for parking. Or are you suggesting they are submitting tickets they have not purchased ? WISE OLD WALTER
  • Score: -6

3:41pm Tue 4 Mar 14

twopennyblue says...

Why does Ann Hawksworth not use the train.
She lives only 5mins from a railway station connected directly to Bradford Forster Square and City Hall is only 5mins from Forster Square station ?
Can't do with mixing with the common people 'eh !
Why does Ann Hawksworth not use the train. She lives only 5mins from a railway station connected directly to Bradford Forster Square and City Hall is only 5mins from Forster Square station ? Can't do with mixing with the common people 'eh ! twopennyblue
  • Score: 5

5:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

EJMSES says...

WISE OLD WALTER wrote:
denislamenis wrote:
I don't know why anyone is surprised, these people are a disgrace, they are just out to feather their own nests, make them pay it back!!!
Feather their own nests ? please explain. They haven't pocketed it they paid for parking. Or are you suggesting they are submitting tickets they have not purchased ?
Well they have if they pay for it then claim it back?!
[quote][p][bold]WISE OLD WALTER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]denislamenis[/bold] wrote: I don't know why anyone is surprised, these people are a disgrace, they are just out to feather their own nests, make them pay it back!!![/p][/quote]Feather their own nests ? please explain. They haven't pocketed it they paid for parking. Or are you suggesting they are submitting tickets they have not purchased ?[/p][/quote]Well they have if they pay for it then claim it back?! EJMSES
  • Score: 3

5:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

EJMSES says...

johnh1 wrote:
For goodness sake give these people a break

They are not criminals, they are democratic elected public servants.

I have had priceless help from Councillor John Greenwood.

We don't see all the good works they do under enormous pressure.
On inflated wages..yeah real pressure that.
[quote][p][bold]johnh1[/bold] wrote: For goodness sake give these people a break They are not criminals, they are democratic elected public servants. I have had priceless help from Councillor John Greenwood. We don't see all the good works they do under enormous pressure.[/p][/quote]On inflated wages..yeah real pressure that. EJMSES
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