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Trying to find a decent parking spot in a city centre can be difficult at the best of times but those visiting Cambridge might be left scratching their heads after attempting to decipher the cities latest signs.

On Mount Pleasant Road one sign reads: “Resident Permit Holders only, Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm”, whilst the other states: “These bays are now residents only bays”.

The conflicting signs have caused confusion for residents with people left wondering which sign to pay attention to.

Speaking to Cambridgeshire Live, residents said they believe the signs are the council attempting to “trick” residents so they end up with a fine.

In a letter, one resident wrote: “Visiting the Punter Pub I was looking for parking. On Mount Pleasant I found the following signage. Is it possible to park after 5pm or not? One sign says this is resident parking only.

Drivers fear they will end up with a parking ticket ( Getty Images)

“The one below contradicts this and says this only between 9am and 5pm. This is just another attempt to trap people into parking fines in Cambridge.

“It is a scam to make money and is not intended to create an equitable society”.

On-street parking and pay and display offer 1,500 spaces, with 6,000 more for residents’ parking.

The number of “uncontrolled” on-street parking spaces is not known. In addition, the city has around 3,700 off-street parking spaces, which includes the city centre car parks.

Cambridgeshire County Council were contacted for comment.

Elsewhere in Chingford, east London, residents took parking matters into their own hands recently when they used their wheelie bins to prevent the council from painting yellow lines on their street, even spraying water from their hoses onto the street to prevent the council carrying out the work.

The council responded to protesters and explained that the road needed to be clear of cars to allow emergency vehicles to pass efficiently through.

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