Keynsham traffic warden retires at 70

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By welland | Thursday, March 04, 2010, 11:24

A Keynsham man who left Cadbury’s to work as a traffic warden has hung up his book and pen at the age of 70.

John McLean delayed his retirement for five years because he enjoyed the job so much he didn’t feel ready to leave.

Mr McLean, who lives in Keynsham, said: “I will be 71 in June and don’t think I could manage to work eight hour days then.

“I felt it was a worthwhile job and it wasn’t just about issuing tickets, I was out there to keep the traffic moving and give people advice.

“I wish I had done it years ago. You’re always out meeting people and you feel as though you are doing something positive.”

The grandfather of three was one of the 33-strong team of Bath and North East Somerset Council officers who try to maintain a free flow of traffic around the area by enforcing parking restrictions.

He said he had experienced few problems in his six years on the job, despite the common conception that traffic wardens are extremely unpopular.

He said: “Some people will have a go at you anyway but most people, if you explain why they are being issued a ticket, are happy in the end.”





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