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New partnership to look at area’s parking issues

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

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A NEW report has given an update on possible plans that could see the restructuring of parking enforcement in East Staffordshire.

The Joint Staffordshire Parking Board has been taking a close look at the way illegal parking is dealt with across the area since 2012, in a bid to see if the service can be improved.

Now, a new report about the future of parking enforcement has concluded that the preferred option for the future of the service is the development of a ‘clean streets’ shared service with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, for the delivery of enforcement and back office processing.

The report said: “Civil parking enforcement has been in place for more than five years in Staffordshire.

“The Joint Staffordshire Parking Board provides strategic direction for the arrangement and policies, whereas local parking committees oversee the day-to-day direction and effective management of the service in each district.”

Several new options were considered that included the launch of a service that was solely run by Staffordshire County Council, and the negotiation of similar plans currently in place in the area.

The report states: “The preferred option is the development of a partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. A shared service arrangement should incur start-up costs, a shortened time to establish the arrangement, improve performance, reduce duplication and lower costs.

“The volume of work commissioned will also be greater, with flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.”

The need to review the system came about after the board said that, although the current scheme was achieving all of its goals, it needed to be re-focused to look at a service that is more responsive to the needs of people in the area.

The proposals also sought a strategy that would see better joint working between other areas.

A decision on the review of parking enforcement is due to be made during a meeting of the Joint Staffordshire Parking Board today.

The report also featured an annual breakdown of enforcement in the area for the past 12 months.

During the 2013-14 financial year a total of 2,722 penalty charge notices were issued, with 56 per cent related to on-street parking and 44 per cent to off-street.

A total of 414 of these were cancelled, 1,575 paid at a discounted rate, 221 paid in full and 28 paid at the 150 per cent rate.

Almost 300 notices are described as ‘in progress’.

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