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Parking wardens to hit streets in April as North Somerset Council takes control

PUBLISHED: 06:06 15 February 2017

North Somerset Council's will take over civil parking enforcement. Picture: Getty Images

North Somerset Council's will take over civil parking enforcement. Picture: Getty Images

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North Somerset Council wardens will soon be able to dish out fines to people parked on double-yellow lines across the district, as it takes over on-street parking enforcement.

The council has received the go-ahead from the Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) to take over civil parking enforcement (CPE) in April.

The authority was poised to put wardens on the streets in October last year, but the scheme was delayed by six months because the DfT needed more information.

Now council parking wardens are preparing to hit the streets to keep an eye on bus lane use and monitor parking in disabled bays and on double-yellow lines.

The responsibility to monitor on-street parking lies with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, but with resources stretched to the limit the council opted to take on the responsibility.

Council wardens already monitor the district’s car parks and they will continue to oversee pay and display areas, while taking on the additional responsibility of patrolling the district’s roads. It will remain the police’s job to enforce zig-zag lines and obstructions.

As part of the scheme the council will hire and train new wardens.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways, councillor Elfan Ap Rees said the authority will monitor illegal parking across North Somerset.

He said: “The intention is wardens will cover the whole of the district and I think we are talking about employing 11 wardens in total.”

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