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.