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Repton parking issues tackled with cop crackdown

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A RAFT of measures have been put in place in a bid to put an end to parking problems in a South Derbyshire village blighted by the issue.

Parish council chiefs in Repton have revealed that a major policing operation to tackle problematic parkers in the village has taken place, as well as several new signs being put in place to try to clamp down on the problem.

Police chiefs found that more than half of cars found parked incorrectly were from outside the area.

A spokesman for the parish council said: "Following our approach to Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles about illegal and inconsiderate parking in the High Street, our new beat officer asked the Bulls Head pub to display signs to the car park encouraging patrons to park considerately, and this is being done.

"PC Gez Collins also contacted Derbyshire County Council with regard to yellow lines and traffic wardens, but the response was 'no'.

"He has had warning leaflets printed solely for parking issues in Repton and has visited, both driving and on foot, at times he believed were the worst.

"His results were as follows – two cars parked straddling a solid white line across a resident's drive, two cars parked too close to a junction and four more parked inconsiderately. All were checked against the police database and half were not local to Repton.

"All were warned via the leaflets.

"Parking tends to be less of an issue during the school holiday but the situation will be monitored and in the autumn, if things worsen again, fixed penalty notices will be issued to persistent offenders.

"Our new beat officer, PC Collins, is inviting residents to contact him personally at gerrard.collins.3201 @derbyshire.pnn.police.uk, to tell him about problems."

The main area of concern is High Street and Main Street, near the Bulls Head pub, which is often swamped with cars.

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