A FURIOUS Isle of Wight councillor has rounded on his own authority for slapping tickets on cars at Medina — calling on it to apologise to motorists and refund fines.
Cowes councillor John Nicholson added his voice to other drivers who have complained about traffic wardens pouncing on cars at Medina Theatre when the car park is full.
Cllr Nicholson e-mailed all members of the council when he returned home from the theatre on Wednesday night telling them he was 'shocked and outraged'.
But the council has defended its action, saying cars were parked illegally.
He told them: "I have just dropped someone up to Medina Theatre to go to the Isle of Wight College charity celebration of their hairdressing department.
"The car park was full so people had to park wherever they could find additional space, on the verges and roadside with no obstruction whatsoever and were ticketed for it.
"As a councillor, I will not stand by and see members of the public treated like this, and do not want to be party to a council that treats its public in such a mercenary and opportunistic fashion.
"Someone has deliberately sent these wardens up to this event as a pre-planned opportunity and it is disgraceful. Was it the same person who decided not to provide sufficient facilities in the first place, as well?
"I will bring this up at full council and want to see all these decent people, who were victimised in this way, have their tickets cancelled and receive a letter of apology."
One of an estimated 30 people ticketed, Newport sales manager Neil Gordon said he had gone to play football at the leisure centre.
"There was nowhere to park and we would have wasted our booking if we had gone elsewhere. If the council cannot provide parking facilities that can cope I urge people to boycott Medina."
A council spokesman said: "The council has a duty to enforce parking regulations to ensure areas are safe and vehicles are not causing obstructions.
"Civil enforcement officers regularly work late shifts and visited several parts of Newport on Wednesday night, including Medina Leisure Centre.
"Concerns have been raised to us that vehicles were parked on double yellow lines, were not parked in designated bays and were parked on grass verges in contravention of the parking regulations.
"These were ticketed and we are investigating the circumstances that led to the vehicles being issued with parking tickets. If it is found any tickets were issued incorrectly then they will be cancelled."