Parking fines climb above 3,000 in Spalding

George Scott, chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum which jointly organised the conference with Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

George Scott, chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum which jointly organised the conference with Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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More than 3,000 parking tickets have been given out in Spalding during a 12-months period, new figures have revealed.

The state of parking enforcement in the town and across South Holland was unveiled by Richard Wills, executive director for environment and economy at Lincolnshire County Council, in his speech on Friday.

We have to get used to living with less money and that’s just a reality of our economy at the moment

Richard Wills, executive director for environment and economy, Lincolnshire County Council

Of the 3,185 parking tickets given out across South Holland during the period April 2014 to April 2015, 3,004 were handed out to drivers in Spalding with the next highest town or village being Holbeach with just 151.

The issue of parking enforcement was raised at the conference by Spalding St Paul’s district councillor Pete Williams who said: “A lot of people in Spalding are seeing wardens who take pictures of people parking just a little bit over the white lines of parking bays in the town.

“The wardens are then giving them parking tickets and when they are themselves challenged about parking on these white lines, they say ‘I can park where I like’.”

Mr Wills also presented figures for the top ten streets in Spalding where parking tickets were handed out, with Sheep Market leading the way on 733.

Meanwhile, the future of gritting services across Lincolnshire is “under considerable threat”, according to Mr Wills.

During the Lincolnshire Transport Conference, Mr Wills claimed that his £112 million budget is facing pressure as the council looks for £120 million worth of savings over the next four years.

During the Lincolnshire Transport Conference hosted by George Scott, president of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, Mr Wills said: “I think this conference is a really good idea because it has the capability to shape new thinking.

“But we have to get used to living with less money and that’s just a reality of our economy at the moment.

“Any money for highways maintenance goes into highways maintenance and we squeeze as much out of the roads we’ve got before we look at anything new.

“But we, as a council, won’t get the amount of money that we used to have and, as a result, road gritting services are under considerable threat.”

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