In the last five years the district and county councils made a whopping £153,098 from parking tickets in Eastwood, Kimberley and Nuthall. Advertiser reporter ELIZABETH FRY investigates where in the area drivers are most likely to be slapped with a ticket and where all this money is going
Exclusive figures reveal that this year Kimberley drivers have been fined the greatest amount of money for the last five years for on street parking.
Statistics obtained by the Advertiser as part of a Freedom of Information request showed that Nottinghamshire County Council made £4,230 this year from parking tickets handed out in Kimberley for on street parking - almost triple what they made in the previous four years.
Motorists in Eastwood have also suffered their second most expensive year to date with £26,709 collected in fines, and almost £18,000 of this was from on street parking fines.
The top parking fine hotspots were exposed as James Street and Victoria Street car park in Kimberley, Albert Street and its car park in Eastwood, and Kimberley Road in Nuthall.
Money from on street parking fines goes to the county council while Broxtowe Borough Council manage the car parks in the areas and so collect these fines.
Shockingly, in 2011/2012 the district council made £21,556 from car park fines in Eastwood in just one year.
A spokesman from Broxtowe Borough Council explained that money received from fines was put back into maintaining parking in the area.
He said: “The fines pay for the cost of enforcement with any surplus paying for traffic management measures (on street) or reducing the deficit under which our car parks operate (off street).
“Parking enforcement is important to ensure that our towns are kept as safe as possible on the roads such as keeping disabled bays free for Blue Badge holders and bus stops clear of parked cars.
“Enforcement also encourages turnover of short stay spaces to allow more people to visit the town centres and businesses to support the local economy.”
The county council also defended the amount it collect in fines and explained the dramatic increase in on-street parking tickets issued in Kimberley.
Gareth Johnson, Central Processing Unit and Enforcement Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “More people are being issued Penalty Charge Notices as we have allocated more resource at enforcement in Kimberley. The number of Penalty Charge Notices issued supports an increased allocation of enforcement hours from 132 hours last year to 245 hours this year.”
Since 2009, the two councils have made a total of £128,224 from drivers in Eastwood and £24,139 from those in Kimberley.
In the last two years they have also made £735 from parking tickets in Nuthall.
Many of you have been in touch to tell us your experiences of getting tickets in these areas and how you would like to see parking restrictions changed.
Langley Mill resident Jessica White was given a parking ticket outside Peacocks in Eastwood two years ago when she was struggling to carry her newborn son in his car seat back to the car.
Jessica appealed the ticket on the grounds of a lack of signs warning of parking restrictions.
She said: “I appealed and was told I had to pay, but it had in fact doubled in price because I had delayed making payment so it cost me £120.
“I was told there was a sign on a lamppost outside of what is now Boyes but I felt this was inappropriate as people wouldn’t see the sign from so far down the high street.”
County council spokesman Mr Johnson explained the process of appealing a parking ticket.
He said: “It is possible if someone ignores a Penalty Charge Notice that it will end up with our bailiffs and their costs will be added as well.
“Any recipient can also appeal against a Penalty Charge Notice when they initially receive it. All cases are frozen while the appeal is considered and we endeavour to respond to all challenges within ten working days.”
Brinsley resident Sue Lear was also slapped with a £60 ticket outside Peacocks last year for spending more than the allocated 30 minutes parked on the road.
The 58-year-old, of Broad Lane, said: “I’ve lived in the area since 1984 and I never even realised there was a restriction. I didn’t even see the sign so I paid it.”
However, after her experience Mrs Lear wants to see the parking time extended in the town.
“Eastwood needs the business and if people come in to do a bit of shopping and get a coffee then 30 minutes is nothing,” she added.
“I have no idea where the employees of shops and cafes park for the whole day?”
Have you been slapped with a parking fine in the last few years? What changes would you like to see to the parking restrictions in your area?
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