Cllr Imogen Shepherd-DuBey, Leader of Wokingham Town Council says "I am dismayed to find that residents in Wokingham received parking tickets for parking in Wokingham Borough Council's Car Parks on Boxing Day. Boxing day fell on a Saturday, in 2020 and would normally be a bank holiday. All of the other Saturdays in December were given free parking, but not the 26th December. Therefore, it has been no surprise that many residents believed that the 26th December was a bank holiday and as a Saturday, would also be a free parking day.
The official Boxing Day bank holiday was Monday 28th December, which meant that many people were given tickets on Saturday for failing to pay the full parking fees. In a disgraceful lack of communication, there was no signs or warning from Wokingham Borough Council that this would happen & there should have been posters in each car park, clearly showing what dates were free. We feel that these parking fines should be refunded, and we need to make sure that this does not happen again."
Many Councils were treating both the Saturday and the Monday as a bank holiday - Wokingham Liberal Democrats are asking why Wokingham Borough Council didn't do the same? In 2021, December 25th will fall on a Saturday - will residents be expected to pay the full parking fees on Christmas day? If the Liberal Democrats were to gain control of Wokingham Borough Council in 2021, we would make sure these important dates were respected and charges would not apply to Christmas Day or Boxing Day, no matter which day of the week they fell on.