Cotswold DC gears up for parking handover

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Cotswold DC gears up for parking handover

More parking attendants will be visible on Cotswold streets when the District Council takes over responsibility for on-street parking enforcement on November 5th.

The move, known as Civil Parking Enforcement, sees the police hand over parking duties to local councils working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council.

The aim is to keep our roads safe, reduce congestion and keep routes free for emergency vehicles by tackling anti-social parking problems.

District Councils will be the main point of contact for all matters such as permit renewals, tickets (Penalty Charge Notices) and parking appeals.

Strategy development and the implementation of new parking schemes will be the responsibility of Gloucestershire County Council, working closely with the districts.

Cotswold District Council is gearing up for the handover by recruiting more parking attendants and preparing new computer systems.

CDC already deals with parking enforcement in its pay and display car parks across the District. Taking over on-street enforcement will see the Council double its number of parking attendants from 4 to 8, which includes a supervisor. Two of the new staff are former traffic wardens who were previously employed by the police.

A county-wide publicity campaign will be launched in the run up to November 5th, with leaflets and posters urging motorists to park legally or risk a ticket. The leaflets will show drivers what 'signs and lines' to look out for.

Portfolio holder for the Environment Cllr Mark Tufnell said: "Parking illegally causes congestion, can create dangerous conditions for other drivers and affect the ability of the emergency services to respond to incidents.

"More parking attendants in the District will benefit the majority of people and make life easier for everyone from pedestrians and parents with pushchairs to cyclists, bus drivers and Blue badge holders.

"There will not be new on-street restrictions – simply regular enforcement of those restrictions that are already in place, such as yellow lines, disabled parking bays and residents’ parking schemes.”

Cllr Tufnell stressed that Civil Parking Enforcement was not a money-making scheme for the Council and that attendants were not given targets to meet.

He said: "We are forecasting that the scheme will run at a loss for five years due to set-up costs of £1.2 million across the whole county. In the future, any surplus money will be ring-fenced to transport, parking and improving the street scene."

"This approach is about enforcement of the rules and regulations sensibly and fairly by staff who have been trained to the highest standards."

In the run up to the handover, Gloucestershire Highways contractors have been completing a countywide programme remarking faded road lines and replacing damaged or missing parking signs.

Posted : 08/10/2007 16:05:37

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