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Parking warning goes out to Norfolk parents

PUBLISHED: 18:27 16 September 2011 | UPDATED: 18:45 16 September 2011

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Parents are being warned to park more considerately when dropping their children off and picking them up from school.

The call comes after people living in Hellesdon have returned home to find parents parking in their driveways while they wait for their children.

Police in the area have been clamping down on the issue as part of a priority but it is hoped forthcoming changes in parking enforcement issues will help tackle the issue further.

As from November, parking enforcement across Norfolk, except Norwich city centre where there is already a council-run system in place, will transfer from Norfolk police to Norfolk County Council.

Although the civilian parking enforcement officers will not be able to address cars unnecessarily causing an obstruction on a public pathway or highway, they will be able to issue tickets to those parking and waiting on double yellow lines.

A letter is being published in school newsletters warning parents of the changes.

Shelagh Gurney, a district, county and parish councillor for Hellesdon, said: “There’s a general acceptance that if you live near a school you get parking but residents have come home to find cars parked in their driveways or blocking the driveways.

“We accept that parents or guardians are going to park but there has to be an acceptance from them that if they are going to park, they have got to do it sensibly. I hope that the county council will be very robust when the changes come into effect.”

Once the changes take place, Norfolk Parking Enforcement Partnership will be responsible for handing out parking tickets to drivers across the county, with the exception of Norwich.

That will see 13 full-time equivalent on-street parking enforcement officers, but the numbers will be boosted to about 30 because existing council car park staff will also become part of the team.

Drivers could be fined between £50 and £70 depending on the nature of the offence, though this will fall to £25 and £35 if people pay within two weeks, but would rise to between £75 to £105 for those paying late.

Are you trying to clampdown on dangerous parking in the area where you live? Call reporter Kate Scotter on
01603 772326.

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