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New city parking wardens will begin days before Lincoln Christmas Market

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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New parking wardens will begin issuing fines three days before the Lincoln Christmas Market.

The civil powers will be in the hands of Lincolnshire County Council by the end of November and tickets slapped on windscreens from December 3.

And a warning shot will be fired to drivers parking where they shouldn't, with notices on cars a week before the real penalties are introduced.

On-street enforcement powers have been transferred to the county council from the police at a cost of £1.114 million a year.

Fines will cover £940,000 of the money required, with the extra £174,000 coming out of the council's highways budget.

The authority says it is taking control at the earliest opportunity.

A county council report said this would "minimise the gap when the police are likely to offer little enforcement".

It also explained the start date would "coincide with the busy Christmas period when indiscriminate parking can cause significant traffic disruption".

Lincoln Christmas Market attracted 335,000 visitors last year.

People are advised to use the park and ride scheme at Lincolnshire Showground during the four-day festive market to avoid city centre congestion.

Executive member for highways and transportation, councillor William Webb, said: "Taking on these new parking enforcement powers means we can do more to keep people moving safely on the roads, reducing congestion from inconsiderate parking, and supporting businesses with parking bays outside.

"We are delighted at the encouraging comments people have been making and hope this move will make a real difference to their journeys and mean they can visit local shops with ease."

The Department for Transport (DfT) is expected to hand over civil parking enforcement (CPE) powers to the county council, on November 30.

The council added the county was one of the last places in the country to apply for the powers from the DfT.

Matt Corrigan, chief executive of Lincoln Business Improvement Group, said: "I think the majority of businesses welcome better traffic management.

"We see a lot of cars in areas that should be used for businesses, like access ways and loading areas, and this should allow space for that activity.

"There should also be space for people to pop into shops rather than other cars spending the whole day there.

"The Christmas market will be an early challenge but the enforcement should help in terms of access to the market."

The police said the number of wardens had reduced in the last five years in anticipation of the switch.

But one warden will continue to operate in Lincoln until the council takes over.

APCOA Parking (UK) has been contracted to supply 20 wardens while Nottinghamshire County Council will process the fines.

Off-street parking offences in North Kesteven, West Lindsey and South Kesteven will be dealt with under the county council's contract.

The remaining authorities will continue to make their own arrangements for their off-street car parks.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  September 14 2012, 4:35PM

    Surely it must be ILLEGAL for the Council to rent out Queens Highway which is PUBLIC LAND paid for by every UK tax payer as personal PRIVATE parking spaces to individuals ?????" No it isn't.

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  • yogi71  |  September 14 2012, 3:40PM

    let me just add to this, i worked for one of these companies that offer these traffic wardens, although you dont have set targets if you dont issue tickets on a daily basis near what the other traffic wardens do, you are brought before the powers that be and your work ethic questioned. I was told i wasnt doing my job properly because i wasnt issueing enough tickets. I averaged 10 aweek when my collegues where averaging 105 aweek. Out of those all of mine where either paid or on appeal awarded to the council, but my collegues only had an average of 25% completly paid, most of their ticket were quoshed on appeal, but yet i still wasnt doing my job properly. Just proves you dont have to be a plonker to work there but you do have to be heartless and just ticket everyone. Common sense must be left at home when you work for these companies. We will wait and see what happens, my case is still on going through the legal system but im confident i will win....

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  • Roadscource  |  September 14 2012, 1:16PM

    "As a car owner living on Monks road with a residents permit I'll be glad to see these new wardens ticketing all the blatant non permit holders." Why dont you get a house with a drive then you wont need to line the Councils pockets every year as youve ALREADY paid your vehicle excise duty therefore you dont need a permit. Surely it must be ILLEGAL for the Council to rent out Queens Highway which is PUBLIC LAND paid for by every UK tax payer as personal PRIVATE parking spaces to individuals ?????

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  • Phil1W  |  September 14 2012, 1:07PM

    billybilboa, I fully agree with you. Only in our area it seems to work the wrong way around. Its amazing how during the day when the college is open we struggle to find a space but as soon as the working day is ended there are usually spaces to be had. And on the whole the "daytime" parkers have parking permits for our area! Of course this is something the council who issue permits should be looking at. We also get a lot of non permit holders at the moment though that park with the attitude of why worry, theres nobody to do anything. Previously we had a regular traffic warden who would be around almost daily and would take no bull from anyone. Another thing that is suppose to be happening is tradesmen, builders etc getting permits to park when working in a residents permit place. I've yet to see one of these. There were builders working on an empty house around the corner recently. The only parking area on the street is a residents area for about 4 cars. The builders were coning off the whole area at night and then parking and placing their skips so that no-one could park in the daytime. Will the new wardens do anything about this sort of practice?

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  • billybilboa  |  September 14 2012, 10:37AM

    Phil1W - Residents permits do not really help residents now do they? For instance, I were to live in your residents area I get up and got to work before 8am and return from work at 6pm. The restriction is imposed whilst I am at work meaning that to all intents and purposes my street is clear of parked cars whilst I am away. I couldn't give two hoots if people want to make use of the ample parking during the day, I just want to be able to park in my street when I get back from work. If they flip the residents parking from 8am-6pm instead to 6pm-8am there would be no need to flout the law and the masses of suitable commuter parking would be utilised, whilst still allowing the majority of hard working residents to park when they get home from work! No brainer really, oh and btw, our whole area petitioned against the council imposing the standard parking (cash cow) restrictions in our area because it wasn't to help the residents in any way!

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  • flotilla  |  September 13 2012, 9:08PM

    Perhaps they should have a walk round the grandstand/carholme golf course area each morning and watch workers park up for the day free of charge

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  • gsx1100  |  September 13 2012, 8:01PM

    simonlincs and Marbo1 haven't really grasped the fact that this is a self imposed fine. Park illegally and get fined. If drivers park correctly, then APCOA won't be value for money for the council.

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  • peak3  |  September 13 2012, 7:21PM

    in my experience coming from bank street leading to silver street, need i say more? everything is squashed in to a small area thanks to on the right single yellow lines permitting deliveries allowed at any time of the day to the forum & other drinking dens nearby, the council (tax payers) payed a fortune for contractors road painting chevrons on that part of the road then contractors dug the road up & relayed it less than a year later without chevrons. lincolns road system is a mess & always will be the same as other places.

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  • InsideStory  |  September 13 2012, 6:35PM

    While the cats away the mice will play and that is exactly what motorists have been doing and now it's payback time.If people cant obey parking laws then the only option for the council to do is enforce the law.Motorists have been playing the game for too long and obstructing the flow of traffic and pedestrians through the city ,Saint Mary's Street is a nightmare everyday of the week with people parking almost the full length obstructing the junction with High Street and old people not able to alight from buses on the specially constructed high rise curbs for taxi's and local business owners parking on the bus stops. About time i say.

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  • Phil1W  |  September 13 2012, 2:43PM

    As a car owner living on Monks road with a residents permit I'll be glad to see these new wardens ticketing all the blatant non permit holders. From a driving through the city centre point I'll be pleased to see less illegaly parked vehicles in places such as St Marys Street (often right up to the pedestrian crossing), Saltergate and Bank Street (Bingo and TSB bank) and Silver Street mainly outside Wahoo and Forum pubs. This is a nessasary route from south of the city to Monks Road. Then, as a regular pedestrian into town, often with my 2yr old grandson, I've got to agree with VictorToo about the vehicles on the pedestrian precinct area of Waterside South. I have in the past purposely walked up the centre of the road (path) on purpose and pointed out to car drivers honking at me that I have the right to be there and they don't. The pedestrian usually gets abuse as the drivers know they are in the wrong but don't have the courage or are just too ignorant to admit it. It will be interesting to see what hours these wardens work. Will they be 9 to 5 or will they work evenings also? I noticed a new problem outside the college on Monks Road the other evening. The college has taken over management of Abbey Street and banned dropping off or picking up completely. The college warden was out there on Tuesday evening stopping anyone from stopping to pick up evening class students. Some just pulled up onto the pavement just past the junction and even parked 2 abreast forcing pedestrians to squeeze between their cars or to walk on the road. Anyone with a pushchair would have no choice but to go onto the road! Others were just parking on double yellows opposite! This could become a dangerous problem given that the police need to get out there with their speed cameras in the evenings as well!

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