Parking enforcement progresses

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AN OFFICIAL application to the government to transfer parking enforcement powers to councils will be submitted next week.

The Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) scheme will mean Lincolnshire County Council and each of the county’s seven district authorities will have the power to regulate on-street parking and issue penalty notices for who park illegally.

A report given to county councillors on Monday said the Department for Transport application will be sent in on Monday, April 2, and will then follow a 12-step process in the hope the scheme will be ready to roll out in autumn this year.

The report reads: “All seven Lincolnshire district authorities have now formally agreed to participate in CPE. They have also agreed to financially support 50 per cent of any operation deficit, up to an agreed level.

“This is proportionally split based on the projected number of Penalty Charge Notices. These are the notices issued to motorists who commit parking offences. It is not related to the income districts receive for parking.

“This agreement will allow the county council to submit an application to operate on-street parking enforcement across the whole of the county and for each of the Lincolnshire district authorities to operate their off-street car parks under the same CPE regulations.”

The county council is currently going out to tender on the enforcement contract, which is due to be in place for July.

The authority says it intends to set the on-street staff deployment levels and enforcement priorities.