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£400k funding brings Civil Parking Enforcementone step closer to Fenland streets




Fenland District Council is one step closer to introducing Civil Parking Enforcement on the area's streets and in car parks after gaining £400,000 of funding towards the scheme.

The move to clamp down on poor and dangerous parking was first mooted 18 months ago and in October last year councillors agreed to spend £10,000 looking into the best way of dealing with the issue.

The council also submitted a joint capital funding request the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to fund the scheme, as part of the wider ‘Growing Fenland’ Masterplan project, and the CPCA Board agreed to give £400,000 funding at its meeting on Wednesday (27).

Fenland police regularly post images like this to their Facebook page highlighting illegal or inconsiderate parking in the area. (44183448)
Fenland police regularly post images like this to their Facebook page highlighting illegal or inconsiderate parking in the area. (44183448)

The feasibility study into how civil parking enforcement (CPE) could work in Fenland has now been completed and a report seeking approval on whether to progress the project will be presented to the council's Cabinet in March 2021.

A council spokesman said: “Residents of Fenland have often expressed the need for more parking enforcement in our District. Parking enforcement in Fenland is currently carried out by the police and while it is possible for the local council to take on the responsibility, this is usually funded by compulsory paid parking (car parking charges) – a policy which Fenland District Council is firmly opposed to.

"Fenland District Council members and officers began exploring powers in relation to introducing Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) 18 months ago to help tackle poor parking across the district, looking into ways to implement a scheme that would both satisfy the concerns of local people and also avoid the introduction of compulsory paid parking that other areas have seen.

Parking fines issued by Fenland police in Wisbech (44183451)
Parking fines issued by Fenland police in Wisbech (44183451)

"Introducing CPE would enable Fenland District Council or the county Highways Authority, Cambridgeshire County Council, to assume responsibility for enforcement and issue Penalty Charge Notices for parking violations on both On and Off Street parking areas.

"If approved by Cabinet, there will be a full review of all existing Traffic Regulation and Parking Places Orders across the district and a formal consultation undertaken with key stakeholders.

"Finally, the Highway Authority would need to submit a CPE application to the Department for Transport for approval before CPE could be implemented.

Parking on double yellow lines is currently a criminal offence, but if Fenland decides to introduce Civil Parking Enforcement then drivers like this will receive a fixed penalty notice. (44183454)
Parking on double yellow lines is currently a criminal offence, but if Fenland decides to introduce Civil Parking Enforcement then drivers like this will receive a fixed penalty notice. (44183454)

"Although these changes seem bureaucratic, they are necessary steps which hopefully lead to a policy that will help solve a long-standing problem in the District and do so without any need to start compulsory charging for parking in our car parks.”

Read more:Fenland District Council is one step closer to introducing civil parking enforcement on the area's streets and in car parks after gaining £400,000 of funding towards the scheme.

The move to clamp down on poor and dangerous parking was first mooted 18 months ago and in October last year councillors agreed to spend £10,000 looking into the best way of dealing with the issue.

The council also submitted a joint capital funding request the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to fund the scheme, as part of the wider ‘Growing Fenland’ Masterplan project, and the CPCA Board agreed to give £400,000 funding at its meeting on Wednesday (27).

The feasibility study into how civil parking enforcement (CPE) could work in Fenland has now been completed and a report seeking approval on whether to progress the project will be presented to the council's Cabinet in March 2021.

A council spokesman said: “Residents of Fenland have often expressed the need for more parking enforcement in our District. Parking enforcement in Fenland is currently carried out by the police and while it is possible for the local council to take on the responsibility, this is usually funded by compulsory paid parking (car parking charges) – a policy which Fenland District Council is firmly opposed to.

"Fenland District Council members and officers began exploring powers in relation to introducing Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) 18 months ago to help tackle poor parking across the district, looking into ways to implement a scheme that would both satisfy the concerns of local people and also avoid the introduction of compulsory paid parking that other areas have seen.

"Introducing CPE would enable Fenland District Council or the county Highways Authority, Cambridgeshire County Council, to assume responsibility for enforcement and issue Penalty Charge Notices for parking violations on both On and Off Street parking areas.

"If approved by Cabinet, there will be a full review of all existing Traffic Regulation and Parking Places Orders across the district and a formal consultation undertaken with key stakeholders.

"Finally, the Highway Authority would need to submit a CPE application to the Department for Transport for approval before CPE could be implemented.

"Although these changes seem bureaucratic, they are necessary steps which hopefully lead to a policy that will help solve a long-standing problem in the District and do so without any need to start compulsory charging for parking in our car parks.”

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