Watch out council staff ... Colin has you in his sights!
FORMER Wales rugby captain Colin Charvis has responded to Swansea Council towing his car away by taking to the streets of the city — snapping pictures of council and other vehicles he says have been badly parked.
The British Lion is fighting the authority over access to his business and parking nearby.
He claims the photos he has taken show inconsistency over parking issues.
BELOW: Colin Charvis's vehicle is towed away
However the council says its authorised use of vehicles in pedestrian areas is completely unrelated to Mr Charvis's complaints about road works outside his business.
Earlier this week Mr Charvis looked on as his 4x4 vehicle was towed away from outside his flooring business on Oystermouth Road.
Contractors working on the European-style boulevard project seized the car for safety reasons, as it had been left within a stretch of road cordoned off for the on-going roadworks.
Mr Charvis had refused to move it in frustration with the works, which he said had left his business isolated and resulted in a drop-off in trade. He has called on Swansea Council to allow a temporary access to his business, to accommodate both customers and deliveries.
The authority said it had been in talks with Mr Charvis about the road works, and stressed his business can still be accessed from York Street.
Since then, the former Swansea back-rower has produced a series of photographs of vehicles, some of them authority owned, which appear to show them in pedestrianised areas of the city.
He said: "All I want is equal treatment for everyone.
"I have tried to demonstrate to the council with these photos that temporary parking has not worked and there are areas of the city where vehicles have been allowed vehicular access to satisfy company needs.
"I do not want to antagonise anyone, but these are just facts. There are inconsistencies in how traffic is policed."
The photographs show council vehicles parked on the pavements next to Castle Square, and a van used by contractors on the pavement at the bottom of Princess Way. Vans are also shown parked on pavements next to public benches and further up Princess Way, as well as on yellow lines on York Street, next to Colin Charvis Flooring.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "Mr Charvis is comparing two completely different things. Council vehicles can access pedestrianised zones within the city centre core when they are carrying out council related work. This is done under strict guidelines.
"Mr Charvis's vehicle was parked in a live construction site where heavy plant machinery was operating. He had many opportunities to remove his vehicle after being warned over a three day period.
"Eventually our contractors removed his vehicle after he refused to move it."