POLICE chiefs have taken to social network sites in a bid to combat problematic parking in a South Derbyshire village.
Derbyshire Police officers have been inundated with complaints with regard to where cars are parked in Repton for several years now.
The issues recently became that bad that Repton Parish Council were forced to write to Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner Alan Charles in a bid to try and put an end to the problem.
However, a new officer on the beat in the area is now urging people to “get in touch” online if they see any parking issues in the area.
A spokesman for Repton Parish Council said: “Earlier this year we wrote to Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner to voice the concerns of local residents about car parking in the village.
“Responding, Mr Charles said he understood frustrations regarding the issue and had a plan of action to tackle illegal and inconsiderate parking across the county, but ‘demand on resources is always a problem for the force, and it is often a case of officers being in the right place at the right time’.
“Our new beat officer, PC Collins, is inviting residents to contact him personally at firstname.lastname@example.org, to tell him about problems and to suggest solutions.
“He has placed a tweet on the Derbyshire Police twitter site and is obtaining leaflets to warn inconsiderate parkers that they may be ticketed or fined.
“He asks residents not to park inconsiderately, and will be in this area within the next few weeks to take action against any offenders”
The main area of concern is High Street and Main Street, near the Bulls Head pub, which is often swamped with cars.
Chairman John Shortt said: “Parking outside the Bulls Head has been a running problem for many years, it happens time and time again and we have made little progress.