Countdown to Civil Parking Enforcement
On-street parking enforcement in Norfolk transfers from the police to local authorities on 7 November 2011, when the enforcement of parking restrictions, including yellow lines and time-limited spaces, will be taken over by Civil Enforcement Officers, as already happens in Norwich.
Outside Norwich, parking enforcement will be carried out through the Norfolk Parking Partnership. Civil Enforcement Officers will be employed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and South Norfolk Council, where they will patrol their own districts, and by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, who will cover the remainder of the county.
Between November and March, on-street parking enforcement will be carried out by a staff of 13, rising to 24 in July and August. Although more Civil Enforcement Officers will be available than traffic wardens, there will still be a high mileage of streets and parking restrictions to patrol. During summer months the additional resources will generally be used in holiday areas.
Civil Enforcement Officers will issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) wherever they see a parking contravention. They will not have the power to cancel a PCN, but drivers will be able to challenge a PCN. Details about how to do this are on the Notice and will be on council websites. Payment of Penalty Charges and appeals will be handled by Great Yarmouth Borough Council (covering the Borough and South Norfolk), and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk (for the rest of the county – excluding Norwich).
Penalty Charge income will go towards the cost of the parking enforcement service. PCNs are issued to ensure trouble-free travel and transport for all, not to raise income for local authorities. In Norfolk it is unlikely that Penalty Charge income will cover the whole cost of the service, which will probably require support from on-street parking income from Great Yarmouth.
The Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee oversees the service. It comprises four voting members from King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, South Norfolk and the County Council, and is chaired by Graham Plant, county Cabinet member for Planning and Transportation.
For further information go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/parkingenforcement