County puts parking warden plans on hold until autumn

COUNCIL plans to take over parking powers from the police have suffered a setback.

Lincolnshire County Council had hoped to introduce civil parking enforcement, which allows it to issue fines to illegally parked vehicles, on June 12.

But it now says the scheme will not come into place until the autumn. This is to make time for a 12-step process, required by the Department for Transport, to be completed. This takes a minimum of 20 weeks to do. The council hopes to submit its application to the Government in the spring.

County councillor David Brailsford (Con), told Stamford Town Council the news on Tuesday. He said: “It is going on and on and on.”

The strength of feeling about the new scheme was shown in a county council consultation earlier this year. Of a total of 133 responses from across Lincolnshire, 67 were from Stamford residents.