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Wardens at crematorium were targeting parents' poor parking

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Council bosses claim parking wardens gave tickets to mourners at Grimsby Crematorium while trying to target other motorists blocking the entrance to the site.

As reported, a number of mourners contacted the Telegraph to express their "disgust" at being handed parking tickets while parked on grass verges outside the Weelsby Avenue crematorium.

At the time, the council said that ticketing mourners was "totally unacceptable". They have now said wardens were attempting to target problems caused by parents picking up and dropping off children at the nearby Oasis Academy Wintringham.

Jason Longhurst, assistant executive director for planning, transportation and housing, said: "We would like to stress that parking problems in the area occur at the beginning and the end of the school day.

"This is due to parents parking on double yellow lines when collecting or dropping their children off for school.

"This is an ongoing problem and funeral directors and their corteges have regularly struggled to gain access to the crematorium due to parents parking on the double yellow lines causing the road to become gridlocked."

Mr Longhurst said funeral directors, registrar staff and the team of parking wardens were working to encourage parents to park within the law so that access is maintained to the crematorium at all times .

He said: "The council is liaising with the crematorium and funeral directors to identify and manage the overspill of parking from well-attended funerals.

"Solutions are being investigated as part of the wider review of the parking strategy to make sure mourners can access the crematorium without the additional worry of parking."

As reported, it is believed that up to seven of the 17 parking wardens could lose their jobs as part of a restructuring of the borough's car parking enforcement division, run in conjunction with Balfour Beatty.

Bosses have confirmed that "employee numbers will be reviewed" and a consultation is currently under way to determine how many staff will lose their jobs.

Oasis Academy Wintringham was unavailable for comment.

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