Traffic wardens coming to a car park near you!

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TRAFFIC wardens will soon be seen on the streets of Daventry after Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) agreed to take over the district’s parking enforcement.

Up until now on-street parking in the Daventry district has been the responsibility of the police while car parks have been looked after by Daventry District Council (DDC).

But all these powers will now be handed to NCC after the council’s cabinet agreed to regulate all of the district’s car parking this week.

It’s thought this will result in two traffic wardens covering the whole of the Daventry district.

Cllr Ben Smith, county council cabinet member for environment, said: “Daventry joining in with the countywide parking enforcement will be a step closer to having full consistency across the county.

“There are many benefits to the implementation of parking enforcement, not least for our town centres as it encourages the use of car parks and leads to a faster turnover of people popping into town for quick visits.

“Our parking enforcement scheme has been a tremendous success elsewhere in the county and I’m sure similar advantages will be felt in Daventry.”

NCC said benefits will include the increased use of off-street car parks and improved turnover of on-street parking spaces.

The council said it will also create an income stream for NCC which will be a ring-fenced fund used for public transport and other non-car modes of travel.

But Cllr Steve Osbourne, who represents Long Buckby on NCC, isn’t happy with the change over.

He said: “I personally voted against this move.

“I believe the police are better people to deal with on-street parking as that way if someone is fined they can either chose to pay the fine or appeal and have a court hearing.

“This opportunity is not available when the county council are in charge. You can appeal but if you are unsuccessful the fine is doubled and then can be trebled which puts people off.

“I just believe the police are the best people to deal with this.”