Illegal Parking Crackdown in Weston-super-Mare
By vickifitz | Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:30
MOTORISTS in Weston-super-Mare are being warned about parking as a major crackdown on illegal parking gets underway.
A joint initiative is about to launch to target illegal parking in and around the town centre.
North Somerset Council is teaming up with Avon and Somerset Police and Weston Town Centre Partnership to target persistent offenders and hotspot areas.
Hotspot areas in Weston include roads such as the Boulevard, Waterloo Street, Meadow Street and Orchard Street.
Officers will be robustly enforcing double yellow lines as well as tackling parking offences involving disabled bays and loading bays.
Drivers found to be parking illegally will be dealt with accordingly and could face a substantial financial penalty.
Deputy council leader Elfan Ap Rees, said: "Following several meetings we have agreed to assist the police in their local parking enforcement duties by providing intelligence on those who continually flout parking regulations and advising officers of hotspots including loading bays and key streets in the town centre.
"For their part the police will provide extra resource and work with us to target key areas, which will change according to priorities.
"This activity will be additional to the normal levels of PCSO enforcement and will be reported to the council on a regular basis so we can monitor the numbers of parking tickets issued and the success of the operation."
Highways officers from North Somerset Council have recently visited areas where the police felt regulation signage was weak and upgraded it so now all the town centre meets legal requirements.
Mr Ap Rees added that officers have also checked the additional on-street parking introduced last year and are satisfied there is sufficient to meet short-stay shopping needs.
They also claim there is also capacity in the various town centre car parks to meet long-stay parking requirements.
This year the council has held car park charges static, allowing only a small change in line with inflation and VAT.
Mr Ap Rees continued: "We want to ensure that road access is free flowing so our CCTV operators will be letting police officers know where there are hold ups and bottlenecks due to inconsiderate parking."
This is not the first time the local authority has teamed up with police to target parking issues in the town. In the past a series of action days have been held focusing on parking offences in and around the town centre.
All these have proved succesful and in some instances more than 40-fixed penalty notices were issued on one day to vehicle owners who had flouted parking regulations and advice was also given to a further 100 offenders.