More people are voicing frustration in comments to Uckfield News about a lack of parking enforcement in town after the publication of one man’s story of a muddle he encountered earlier this week.
David Baldock was worried about over-staying the time limit in a space on Uckfield High Street after his car broke down and tried to protect himself from a fine by alerting the authorities only to find the police insisting parking enforcement was the job of Uckfield Town Council while the council said it was the job of the police – the reality was there was no evidence of any parking enforcement at all.
Now a ‘New Town resident has contacted Uckfield News and says:
As a frustrated Newtown resident, I too am struggling to understand the purpose of applying parking restrictions in the town if nobody is going to enforce them.
Without ‘decriminalised parking’ it IS the responsibility of Sussex Police to enforce the restrictions as a simple web search confirms below.
The police however are desperately trying to pass the buck and hiding behind their lack of funds and new policing model. Whatever that is!! Invisible policing more like! When did you last see a PCSO in the town let alone a police constable?
What was the purpose of painting the new double yellow lines when everybody now knows that they can park on them and restrict bends and junctions without fear of retribution?
While the new station car park sits a quarter full (if that), many commuters are, understandably, still parking for free in Mill Drove, Keld Avenue, Alexandra Road and New Place much to the frustration of residents.
While the commuters are perfectly entitled to park in the side streets, and why wouldn’t they to save £4 per day, it is again the residents who find themselves with nowhere to park but on the lines and on the pavements.
This has led to residents taking further illegal and selfish action by placing obstructions in the road outside their houses such as bollards, wheelie bins etc and often leaving notes on vehicles which are parked perfectly legally but have ‘dared’ to park outside their house.
I know it’s been mentioned before, but if a police officer or two in that firmly closed police station were to get in one of the five or six police cars sat outside and spend just one hour doing the job we pay our taxes for in the side streets of New Town, the issue would soon be resolved by the issuing of the first few tickets. Simple!
It is all so close to the police station that they could even do it on foot. Now there’s a novel thought!
Which councils operate Decriminalized Parking Enforcement (DPE)? Operating DPE means that the council in question is responsible for enforcing the On Street Parking in that area. If the council does not operate Decriminalized Parking Enforcement then it is the responsibility of the local police force to enforce On Street Parking in that area.
Below is a list of Local Authorities / Councils website parking pages and a comment indicting whether they operate DPE. All the links point to the external Local Authorities / Councils websites and provide information about PCN payment, PCN appeals, parking policies and much more. If they are not enforcing DPE then they should provide information about the police force responsible for enforcing On Street Parking in their area.
More information can be found at http://www.newparkinglaws.co.uk/category/Local-Authorities-Website-Parking-Pages
Another reader says he was told town council would take on parking enforcement
Robert White emailed Uckfield News to say:
I attended a meeting last year with the police and parish councillors (LAT). It was clearly explained by the PCSOs present that their duties in other areas of policing was the priority and the parking of vehicles would be the responsibility of the town council. Traffic wardens would be the answer and could be financially rewarding for the Town council, I believe the cost of a traffic warden to be in the region of £30,000. Alternatively using cameras recording vehicles parking as they do in the car park. This allows our police to carry out more important policing.