Council to take enforcement of parking on?

PARKING enforcement throughout the area could become the responsibility of East Riding of Yorkshire Council from October, if councillors vote in favour of proposals next week.

On Tuesday the council cabinet will consider whether the authority will apply for Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) powers from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Currently Humberside Police is responsible for ensuring that drivers in the East Riding park safely and legally, however the police are withdrawing this service from the East Riding area. The council is working with the police on taking on the new powers.

In Pocklington, traffic warden Margaret McGlynn retired last year with the town’s PCSOs then given the responsibility to enforce parking restrictions around the town centre, where bays have a maximum two-hour limit.

However, CPE has already been taken on by the majority of councils around the country, with over 85 per cent of local authority districts adopting the scheme.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am pleased that this council looks set to take on responsibility for parking enforcement.

“As well as having an impact on the flow of traffic in general, illegally parked cars can hinder public transport, refuse collections and even the emergency services. This sort of enforcement is a vital part of keeping our roads safe and looking after the needs of all road users.

“The priority for our officers will be making sure on-street parking is well managed and the roads are usable for everyone. They will not be heavy-handed or make issuing tickets, or raising income for the council, their primary concern.”

Within the Humberside Police area, Hull City Council has been in charge of parking enforcement for several years while North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council took control of parking last year.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is proposing to use its own parking attendants rather than employing a third party to carry out the work. Attendants will wear a recognisable uniform and be highly trained.

The move also means that parking offences will move from being a criminal matter to a civil matter, helping to keep the issue away from the courts.

The council’s parking wardens will be on hand to give help, advice and directions to members of the public and to watch for problems throughout the East Riding including potholes, faulty lights and any issues with pavements or roads.