Council fires back

IPSWICH City Council has hit back at some of the criticism it copped in the last week over parking fines dished out to show patrons.

The Queensland Times has published several letters from Ipswich Show-goers who returned to the vehicles last weekend to find tickets ranging from $40 to $50.

One reader contacted the QT to complain that she had received a fine after parking amongst a large group of vehicles on Warwick Rd, opposite the showgrounds.

"I just think it's a little bit slack when they want you to go to the show and then they crackdown on people like this," she said.

There was also some confusion regarding the range of fines.

Cr Cheryl Bromage said this was due to the fact that police had also issued some of the tickets.

"I know that police were issuing $40 fines along Warwick Rd near the cemetery," Ms Bromage said.

Cr Bromage said the majority of council-issued parking tickets were given due to safety concerns.

"We had complaints from pedestrians of cars double-parked on footpaths, across driveways and on blind corners," she said.

Ipswich City Council was yet to collate the figures on the number of parking tickets issued in the vicinity of the showgrounds.

Cr Bromage said she had requested that a number of tickets issued to vehicles parked on Parker Ave, behind the showgrounds, be recalled and ripped up after it was confirmed that the a road closure was in place and the tickets were not valid.

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It is often reported to police occurring in large car parks.