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Illegal Parking Initiative
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 25th July 2007 @ 1:18 PM | Filed Under: Misc

Illegal Parking Initiative

A trial period granting Police Community Support Officers with the power to ticket illegally parked vehicles in Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Hogsthorpe since May. Problems encountered by the local neighbourhood policing team were evident when Lincolnshire Police chief, Tony Lake, visited Ingoldmells. Prior to the trial, requests were often ignored when dealing with illegally parked cars.

The trial is the first of its kind in the Lincolnshire area and has already resulted in 15 tickets being issued. PC Seb Clarke leads the local policing team stated; "We're just coming into the busy season now. We're expecting increased traffic in the area, which is likely to result in a rise in the number of tickets being issued over the coming two months. It's important to stress that the new powers to allow my officers to issue fixed penalty tickets doesn't mean they are being used as traffic wardens. What it does is give them additional support should they come across illegally parked vehicles during their day-to-day business."

The Ingoldmells Action Group and Ingoldmells Parish Council, both campaigned for the powers to be introduced. “Although the trial period is due to finish at the end of the holiday season in late September, early October, I am keen to make the arrangement permanent" commented Inspector Steve Hill.

Here at Island Quest, we recommend the use of local car parks. The main car park at Fantasy Island costs £4 and is free after 6pm. Others in the nearby area can cut the cost by half and are only a short 5 minute walk from Fantasy Island and other attractions. Alternatively, use public transport whilst travelling in and around the area.

If plans go ahead to build new rides or attractions on Fantasy Island's car park, the number of parking spaces in the area would dramatically decrease. This would leave tourists with few other places to park their cars. The lack of parking spaces could also affect the success of the future plans.

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