Parking enforcement to be strengthened

Published Monday, 22nd July 2019

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The council is set to bolster its parking enforcement team, following a number of parking measures announced at Full Council last week (Thursday 18 July).

The council will ask its parking contractor APCOA to provide five new civil enforcement officers up to the end of March 2020. The council will assess the impact of this initiative and consider continuing it as part of next year’s budget setting (2020/21).

The council is also set to enter into an agreement with a company to help it enforce against foreign number plates.

Cllr Ron Woodley, deputy leader and cabinet member for transport, says: “Inconsiderate and dangerous parking is a major issue for local people, and as a listening administration, I am aware that there is an appetite for increased enforcement of parking contraventions in the vicinity of schools for example.

“I have therefore agreed that we will ask APCOA to contract an additional five civil enforcement officers to bolster resources up to the end of March 2020.

“The enforcement of foreign registered vehicles is another area where we need further support, because we do not have access to the European Vehicle Database and it is difficult to follow through on enforcement. A company that specialises in this work has been found, and this will enable us to pursue owners of foreign registered vehicles that commit civil contraventions in Southend-on-Sea, and at no cost to the council.

“Enforcement is always a controversial topic, but it is an important area that we must keep on top of, both to ensure the borough is kept moving, but also to ensure the safety of all road users and pedestrians, and so I am pleased to announce these changes.”