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Parking cheats revealed in their thousands

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 07, 2013

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OVER 2,500 parking tickets were issued during a 12-month period at Burton town centre’s main car park, shock new figures have revealed.

The staggering number emerged after a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request submitted by the Mail to East Staffordshire Borough Council revealed the hotspots across the town where motorists are being caught out.

During the period January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012, 1,643 tickets alone were issued on the Coopers Square surface car park in Burton to drivers who failed to return to their vehicles before their tickets expired.

Another 934 were caught-out for not displaying a ticket on the same car park, with 167 targeted for not parking within the bays.

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Other car parks across the town also snared hundreds of victims over the last year.

A total of 859 tickets were issued during the same 12-month period in Burton Place shopping centre car park.

There are more problems of drivers parking in restricted areas in that car park than any other in the town, with 40 tickets issued for that reason.

In terms of streets where most tickets were issued, two Burton roads emerged as the parking hotspots in East Staffordshire.

The highest number of tickets issued for parking in a restricted street during prescribed hours was in Uxbridge Street, with 193 issued in a year, with Belvedere Road next highest with 140, most likely due to its proximity to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital which has been plagued with parking issues.

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council explained some of the figures to the Mail: “Coopers Square car park has the highest volume of issued Penalty Charged Notices (PCNs) as it’s the largest council car park in the borough and it’s central to town centre shops.

“In terms of PCNs issued for on street parking, a high number of tickets have been issued around Bel­ve­dere Road due to the close proximity to Queen’s hospital and the importance of keeping the streets clear for ambulances.

“Parking provision is important in terms of helping to keep traffic moving and reducing congestion as well as ensuring road safety for all road users.”

Other standout figures include Station Street in Burton which is the hotspot for drivers penalised for loading/unloaded in a restricted street.

A total of 54 tickets were issued there for that reason.

Grants Yard, off Station Street, also emerges a problem area, with 62 tickets issued to motorists for parking in a ‘special enforcement area’.

Parking on a taxi rank caught out motorists in Worthington Way with 52 tickets issued, while 18 tickets were issued to motorists in Wellington Street for stopping on a pedestrian crossing more than anywhere else in East Staffordshire.

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