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Parking purge pays off


More than 1,150 fixed-penalty notices have so far been issued in a police clampdown on illegal parking in Newark. The purge is set to continue over Christmas and into the new year.

In the last two weeks more than 750 tickets were issued in and around the town centre.

More than 400 were handed out the week before that.

Police are being paid overtime to issue the £30 tickets.

Sergeant Tim Burch said: “At the start of the clampdown more than 100 tickets were issued on a single day, which just shows the extent of the problem.

“Since then it would appear some motorists have got the message and fewer people are now parking in restricted zones or on double yellow lines.

“Officers continue, however, to issue about 50 tickets a day and they will keep imposing fines on anyone who parks illegally.”

The acting operations manager at the Palace Theatre, on Appletongate, Mr Kevin Jackson, welcomed the initiative.

Buses carrying people to shows at the Palace have been known to struggle to negotiate the Barnbygate corner and turn on to Appletongate because of illegally or badly-parked vehicles.

Mr Jackson said he had asked police to monitor the corner to prevent problems during this year’s panto season and it appeared to be paying off.

“So far it has been good,” he said.

Motorists have been ignoring parking restrictions since traffic wardens were withdrawn.

The police rarely had time to issue tickets.

Nottinghamshire County Council will become responsible for the enforcement of parking regulations next year.

At a meeting of Newark and Sherwood District Council on Tuesday the leader, Mr Tony Roberts, said he had been assured the county would take responsibility from May 12.

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