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Almost 4,500 parking tickets issued in East Lindsey

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

Almost 4,500 parking tickets issued in East Lindsey
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ALMOST 4,500 parking tickets have been issued to East Lindsey motorists in the first 11 months of the new civil parking enforcement scheme.

It is the third most ticketed district in the county, behind Lincoln and South Kesteven. A total of 4,474 tickets were slapped on windscreens between December 2, 2012 and October 31 this year.

Across the county, 32,902 fines were handed out by enforcement officers. They range from £50 to £70 depending on the offence and are halved if paid within 14 days.

Less than six per cent of these tickets were cancelled on appeal.

And one Louth business owner said the scheme has had a positive impact.

Gary Denniss, owner of M&G Designs, said: “It has worked, albeit the wardens are a bit over zealous.

“If somebody pulls up for a couple of minutes the wardens are there and give out a ticket.

“However it is a benefit to our customers because they can now get pulled up closer to the shop and that is because the long stayers, the people who would park up all day, are not doing that for fear of getting a ticket.

“It has been a positive but I do worry that they are being a bit over zealous which may put people off coming to the town. It is a fine balance they need to get right.

“The number of tickets is a lot higher than I expected, but I think that is naivety.”

Parking on double yellow lines and exceeding time restrictions have been the most common parking contraventions which have led to tickets being issued.

And this is of no surprise to Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council.

He said: “I am pleased with the impact it’s had.

“Parking spaces are available in streets where it had been difficult to find a space in the past, and you don’t see nearly as many inconsiderately parked cars blocking up pavements either.

“I’ve spoken to lots of businesses and members of the public who’ve been really happy with how things have gone.

“In my experience people have fixed views on whether they support parking enforcement – you either like it or you don’t.

“But in most areas we’ve seen a fall in the number of tickets issued as drivers become more compliant with parking restrictions. I think that’s the best measure of our success.”

The scheme is expected to generate a profit of around £50,000.

Legislation around parking enforcement means any surpluses can only be spent on transport-related projects such as car-parks or road improvements.

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  • Pete67  |  December 10 2013, 6:09PM

    Choice Independent Financial Services - - - Do you mean like the car driver who went into a bus lane to let a Fire Engine get through?

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  • alp141  |  December 10 2013, 12:41PM

    I hope some of these tickets have been issued to those motorists that persist in parking within the 5 metre restriction zones at road junctions and blocking footpaths etc.

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  • 4caster  |  December 10 2013, 10:51AM

    I can vouch for the fact that it's easier to find a short-term space on the streets of Louth now that people can't get away with leaving their cars there all day. But if 6% of appeals are successful, it would appear that the enforcement officers are not always correctly judging whether they should issue a ticket or not.

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  • Choice Independent Financial Services  |  December 10 2013, 10:46AM

    It's great that the scheme is likely to break even or maybe even make a profit, but what will happen if the scheme starts to lose money, which I believe it will. Will the wardens become even more target driven to keep up with the costs or will they just reduce the number of wardens. Maybe they will follow other counties and install CCTV to fine every possible infringement no matter how small, so everyone eventually will be driven away from the city centres and into the arms of the retail parks.

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