Monday 17 December 2007 12.00pm
From the southwark council website:
Sometimes parking spaces may be suspended by the Police or Southwark Council
to allow for building works, domestic removals, weddings, funerals or special events. In most cases a charge is be made for this service. Please contact the parking shop for further information about organising this or email email@example.com
When parking spaces are suspended, a warning notice is usually put on the nearest parking sign or in the case of a parking meter a bright yellow bag is placed over it. Cars parked nearby will have a leaflet put on their windscreen to let the drivers know when the suspension will come into force. However, sometimes this is not possible, particularly if the space is suspended because of an emergency.
Drivers should always check that a bay is in operation before parking. If the car is to be left for a number of days, you should check each day to make sure the space has not been suspended while the vehicle is still parked there.
So maybe it's worth checking if it actually was an emergency.