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Nov 14, 2017

Ex-Servicemen Manager Fighting for Parking

Almost a month ago, the Belize City Council implemented a ‘no parking’ regulation for the left side of Newtown Barracks, between the Ex-Servicemen’s League Building and MJ’s Building near Ninth Street, on Mondays to Fridays between six a.m. and six p.m.  But it has proven quite the inconvenience for Valerie Richardson, the League’s office manager.  She says that even though all the parking slots along B.T.L. Park and even behind Canada House, the League’s office, are taken before she can get to work in the morning. She has been refused permission to park in front of the building and has received no less than three tickets for doing so.  Things came to a head this morning when she saw a traffic officer and police mechanic preparing to tow her personal vehicle away from the parking bay. She visited News Five with her story this afternoon.

 

Aaron Humes

“Where was the vehicle parked this morning when they came to tow it?”

 

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson, Office Manager, Belize Ex-Servicemen’s League

“In the parking bay directly in front of the League; I wasn’t in any traffic. But they said that they received orders to tow the vehicle. And I explained to the officer and the guy who came in the police tow truck that I use my vehicle to conduct the League’s business. And I do that voluntarily – I’m not benefiting from using my vehicle to carry out the League’s work, and I’ve been doing that for about two years, parked at that same spot. For example, that building was built in 1964, 1965, so that whole area, we’ve been parking there from ever since.”

 

One of the tickets given to Richardson erroneously cited “Barrack Road” rather than Newtown Barracks. In any event, the area is congested due to the location of two call centers in the former Golden Princess Casino directly across from B.T.L. Park.

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