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Civil parking enforcement officers could be coming to Cambridgeshire

Council traffic wardens could soon be coming to areas in Cambridegshire outside of Cambridge city if agreed at a county council committee meeting next week.

Civil parking enforcement, outside of Cambridge city, is enforced by the police, but if agreed at committee and authorised by the Department for Transport, it could mean the county council will be able to penalise inconsiderate parking, help improve access and support local businesses whilst contributing to the council’s joint administration overarching environmental objective to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Civil parking enforcement is set to be discussed at the highways and transport committee on Tuesday, September 7. The county council, along with Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, are all keen to look into this which is why the committee will be discussing the county council applying for a special enforcement area to the secretary of state, via the Department for Transport, to introduce civil parking enforcement across the three districts.

Local authority traffic wardens could soon be patrolling areas ion Cambridgeshire outside of Cambridge city.
Local authority traffic wardens could soon be patrolling areas ion Cambridgeshire outside of Cambridge city.

Cllr Peter McDonald, chair of the highways and transport committee, said: “We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do on this project over the next couple of years, but the districts have already indicated they’re keen to work alongside us.

“If agreed at committee and approved by DfT, the introduction of CPE will enable us to move away from relying on the police for parking enforcement and we’ll be able to focus on specific areas. Areas where traffic flow, accessibility and safety are an issue by persistent obstructive parking, where congestion and air pollution are high and parking turnover is essential to supporting local businesses.”

The decision will ultimately be determined by the Secretary of State, but feasibility work is already underway by both Fenland District Council (FDC) and Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC). The Greater Cambridge Partnership has agreed to fund the delivery in South Cambridgeshire for South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC).

If the committee agrees with the recommendations in the report, then further survey work will be commissioned and officers will work with partners, including HDC, FDC and SCDC, to prepare the application and draft agreements. The agreement will detail the financial and operational responsibilities and how enforcement will work across the districts.

The committee will also hear the risks associated with this type of application, such as financial and operational, and the delivery timetable, which will include a consultation process.

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