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Council bids to take over policing of on-street parking in Lincolnshire

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: April 11, 2012

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A bid to take over the policing of on-street parking in Lincolnshire has been made by the county council.

An application for powers to introduce civil parking enforcement was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) over Easter.

If approved, the powers would mean that the county council will take over responsibility for the county's on-street parking from the police.

District councils would retain responsibility for their off-street parking. Residents’ parking schemes could be set up and administered by any district council choosing to do so, with the county council managing enforcement.

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Councillor William Webb, executive member for highways and transportation, said: “Our application for powers to introduce civil parking enforcement has now been submitted.

“We have worked closely with our district council colleagues to establish a countywide parking policy as part of this process, creating a more consistent approach to help keep people on the move and make sure local businesses are supported. This gives the county council and district councils specific responsibilities for on and off-street parking.”

The DfT requires that a 12-step process must be completed before Parliament grants an authority CPE powers, something which takes a minimum of 20 weeks to complete.

Councillor Webb added: “Tenders have gone out for the enforcement contracts and ticket processing arrangements are being progressed.”

As part of the application, the county is required to have a parking policy in place, which was agreed in January.

The aims of the policy are to ensure a consistent approach to parking issues is taken countywide, to ease congestion by improving compliance with parking restrictions and to enhance and support local economies.

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  • vendetta2011  |  April 13 2012, 1:52PM

    more money grabbing so they can squander it on expenses and stupid ideas

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  • ThornyRay  |  April 12 2012, 12:39PM

    I dont see the point in residents parking schemes. Residents moan about having to pay for it, but just because there is a road outside your house, it does not give you an automatic right to park on it. I do hope they get rid of Labours 'White Van Tax' as a former builder I think it's shocking that workmen have to pay to work.

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  • camelherder  |  April 12 2012, 7:05AM

    Haven't we been down this road before? Personally I will believe it when I see them on the streets and tickets on windscreens.

  • Lincoln_Lad1  |  April 11 2012, 2:03PM

    Good, it shouldn't be a Police job. If someone parks legally then there won't be a problem. If I fall foul I will hold my hands up and pay the fine. I can't see why anyone would not think this is a move forwards! In relation to residents only parking, surely this will now be better enforced and those parking where they shouldn't will be dealt with. The increase in enforcement is welcome by the majority I am sure. As for the 15 minute grace period? This is doubtless official. Its the individual's responsibility to return to their vehicle by the expiry time.

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  • saddletramp2  |  April 11 2012, 11:42AM

    Not before time Lincoln is a chaos with people parking anywhere and everywhere. Can't wait to see the tickets on window screens.

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  • GrahamKSmith  |  April 11 2012, 11:33AM

    In my personal opinion, this is a retrograde step that will lead to: (a) residents in all the county's towns paying upwards of £100 per car each year for a "residents parking permit" with no assurance of a parking space being available; and (b) the loss of the 15-minute (?) "grace" period currently given for those who accidentally overstay their on-street parking tickets; and (c) a gradual, but steady, increase in enforcement activities associated with on-street parking and loading restrictions.

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