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Parking fines soar as wardens come out at night

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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THE number of parking fines issued in Burton more than doubled in the space of three months as council bosses get tough on complacent motorists.

East Staffordshire Borough Council said the surge in penalty charge notices (PCNs) being slapped onto windscreens was largely a result of increasing patrols at night, when many motorists assume they are safe to park illegally.

A total of 920 notices were issued between January and March this year, compared to 457 in the final three months of 2013.

Uxbridge Street is the area where motorists are most likely to fall foul of traffic wardens, with 135 fines issued between January and March, though due to previous problems it was visited more than any other street.

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Belvedere Road was another hotbed for parking cheats, with drivers continuing to take the risk in an attempt to avoid paying to park at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

But despite the huge increase in parking fines, it was not enough to rescue disappointing revenue figures, with the borough ending the three-month period £15,000 below what it had budgeted for.

For the whole financial year, the authority made half a million pounds less than predicted, with PCNs bringing in a total of £1.6 million.

Borough council leader Julian Mott, who is also a member of the Joint Local Parking Committee, said there was no excuse for parking illegally at any time of the day.

Councillor Mott said: “I know they have decided not to just do nine-to-five visits but if you want to make sure people are parking legally you have got to do it out of office hours.

“At a recent meeting, someone complained about being caught out at later in the evening but there has to be a reason there are double-yellow lines and it is not acceptable for anyone to park there.”

Council chiefs have also slammed ‘inconsiderate’ parents who are parking on zig-zag lines outside Anglesey Primary School, which was revealed as the school where drivers are flouting parking restrictions most often in Burton.

They said parents ignoring restrictions outside schools was an issue generally in the borough.

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