Flintshire County Council collected almost £160,000 in parking fines last year
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Flintshire County Council collected almost £160,000 in parking fines last year

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Published: Wed 10 Jul 2024

Flintshire County Council collected almost £160,000 in parking fines last year

Flintshire County Council made more than £157,000 from parking fines in the last financial year, new figures have revealed.

In the 2023/24 tax year, enforcement officers issued 4,887 penalty notices (PCNs) to drivers across the county.

Flintshire Police have the power to issue fines of £50 or £70 to people who break parking rules in the area, depending on the seriousness of the offence.

If the fine is paid within 14 days, the fee is reduced by 50 per cent, but may be increased by the same amount if it is not paid within 56 days.

The report, which will be presented to rank-and-file councillors next week, shows that the majority of the fines issued in the 12-month period were for off-street parking.

This amounted to 3,330 penalty tickets, while the number of street parking tickets was 1,497.

Katie Wilby, Flintshire’s Chief Transport and Roads Officer, said in the report: “Officers patrol all areas in Flintshire where parking restrictions are in place and which are covered by a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

“This includes double and single yellow lines, loading and unloading areas, disabled spaces, restricted waiting areas, taxi ranks and any council-controlled off-street parking areas (car parks).

“Law enforcement officers will be issuing fines to drivers who park in breach of the regulations in force at the time.

“Parking illegally or in an inappropriate location on the road network or in council-managed car parks may result in the issuance of a penalty notice.”

Wales Penalty Processing Partnership, part of Denbighshire County Council, is responsible for processing appeals and payments on behalf of Flintshire.

Authorities typically have nine officers dedicated to parking and environmental issues in a given area.

However, two posts are currently vacant and the report highlights recruitment difficulties due to the controversy surrounding such posts.

Ms Wilby said: “Recruiting law enforcement officers can often be a slow and labour-intensive process.

“Recent recruitment has shown that these positions receive few or low-quality applications.

“We believe the controversial nature of the role means there is often little interest in job advertisements when they are advertised.

“For similar reasons, the demands of this role mean that levels of sickness absence within the team can be higher than in other office roles.”

The report will be considered by members of the council’s environment and economic affairs committee when they meet on Tuesday (16 July 2024).

Author: Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter

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