The council is now saying that the tickets were issued in error, but it insists that it will enforce new charges for parking on Sundays from May. This begs the question why did traffic wardens turn out on a Sunday and slap tickets on cars. Were they acting spontaneously, donning their uniforms for fun and working for free? Or was it a full dress rehearsal?
As far as Llanelli is concerned, the proposed 6-month pilot is good news. If you believe Meryl, Kevin
Madge and the rest, the town has never had it so good. Last week an independent retail analyst ranked Llanelli 499th out of 500 UK retail centres, which sums up what 15 years of Meryl and Madge have achieved.
But ever-increasing parking charges are not just killing Llanelli.
Carmarthenshire County Council would not be Carmarthenshire County Council if we were not treated to a monthly constitutional wrangle, often involving Labour 'amendments' to motions which negate the original motion and spurious interpretations of the rules by the chief executive and Linda Legal.
So this month did not disappoint, and you can read a blow-by-blow account by Caebrwyn here, but in a nutshell Cllr John Jenkins (Attila the Hun was a Lefty, Unaffiliated) had submitted a motion calling for a 6 month trial of free parking in council car parks in Llanelli.
Cllr Peter Cooper (Labour, Ammanford Tendency) came up with an amendment calling on the Executive Board to review its strategy for the whole of the county, while remaining consistent with "national and regional parking objectives".
Car parking charges are an issue in the election in Llanelli, with the Plaid candidate, Vaughan Williams, highlighting concerns about the impact of parking charges on the town centre. Vaughan also ran a petition calling for the charges to be scrapped and collected 650 signatures.
At this point in the proceedings Llanelli Labour must have had a premonition of newspaper headlines screaming "Labour torpedoes free parking plan for Llanelli", heightening fears that they could lose their 93-year clammy grip on the town.
Voting to accept John Jenkins' proposal would at least have the merit of burying the issue until the election is well out of the way.
Kev's troops were in turmoil, and he decided to call for the meeting to be suspended so that Labour could get its ducks back in a row.
The prospect of an election defeat concentrates minds wonderfully, and Peter Cooper's 'amendment' was duly withdrawn. A large majority then voted in favour of the 6-month parking freebie, and the matter will now go off to the Executive Board next month. It may still be chucked out, what with the election having been dealt with, especially if Labour loses the seat.
Peter Cooper's amendment would have had the effect of kicking the issue into the long grass, but the idea that the council should look at parking charges across the whole county does have its merits. As things now stand, there will only be free parking if you live in a Labour-held constituency.
There being no such thing as a free lunch, the losers in all of this will be residents of Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthen, Llandeilo, Llandovery and Ammanford. Plus, of course, Labour's candidate in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Calum Higgins, who now has the job of explaining to would-be constituents why his party has voted every year to ramp up parking charges in Ammanford and the market towns while agreeing to free parking in Llanelli.
For those of us not fortunate enough to live in Llanelli, there was an indication of tougher times to come last Sunday morning when the county council dispatched traffic wardens to carry out a blitz on church and chapel goers in Carmarthen. Quite a few of them now face having to pay fines which will dwarf anything that they put into the collection.
Luckily there are not many Labour voters in the Welsh-speaking chapel congregations of Carmarthen these days, but as Cllr Colin Evans will no doubt soon be reminding everyone, the council will have to make up the shortfall somewhere.
This blog refuses to stoop to the tactics used by the Cambrian News, but if it did the headline of this piece could have been Calum sends in Nazi storm troop wardens to terrorise chapel goers shock.