County council parking wardens have all left in face of abuse

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News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

County council bosses have revealed that all of the traffic wardens they took on in December have left in the face of abuse from motorists.

The team of green jacketed wardens, employed through APCOA, have all been replaced ‘at least once’ since the council took over the responsibility of parking fines from the police.

Mick Phoenix, parking services manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Not one patrol officer who started when the civil parking scheme launched in December is still a patrol officer in Lincolnshire now.

“The whole team has been replaced at least once.

“It is down to stress of the job and sickness. They receive abuse from motorists.

“And even in the least serious cases, let’s just say they are subject to the odd quiet word from drivers.”

In Boston the advent of traffic wardens has brought parking issues in the town centre to a head - with many residents now asking for a permit to be allowed to park outside their own homes in the town centre.

Council parking services manager Matt Jones said: “On record, our enforcement officers have been subjected to approximately 35 cases of abusive or threatening behaviour.

“However, this number does not reflect the true extent of the problem, wardens often face abuse on a daily basis.”

Boston’s streets are also patrolled by a blue jacketed wardens, who are separate and are believed to still be the same personnel.

One warden, who did not wish to be named, said: “We still get plenty of abuse too!”