Parking Enforcement in Kettering is Changing
From early 2020 Kettering Borough Council will be responsible for all parking enforcement across the whole Borough of Kettering.
The introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) means that Kettering Borough Council will be responsible for enforcing on-street parking controls instead of the police. Under the powers the Council is able to retain the income from penalties and will be employing more staff to enforce the existing rules.
This means there will be more Parking and Environment Wardens patrolling the borough’s streets and tackling anti-social behaviour, illegal parking and environmental crime. The additional resources will patrol areas across the Borough focussing on areas where there are problems with unsafe and inconsiderate parking. These plans for the new service are being developed with Northamptonshire County Council.
CPE gives us greater capacity to reduce unsafe inconsiderate parking. This helps to:
• ease congestion caused by inconsiderate parking
• improve road safety
• provide parking for specific users such as residents, businesses and blue badge holders
• increase the turnover of parking spaces, making it easier for visitors and shoppers to park
• provide facilities for loading and unloading
To find out more or report problem parking please visit www.kettering.gov.uk/parking-enforcement
Councillor Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said:
“We are delighted that the Council will soon have new powers to help ensure motorists are parking safely across the Borough. We will provide lots of information for motorists in Kettering about how to park safely, but we will have no tolerance of those motorists who continue to park their cars dangerously, reduce access to parking spaces or create congestion. We are very keen to make sure that more space is freed up for shoppers to park in short term spaces.”
Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“We are very proud of our Wardens team in Kettering and the introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement will help the Council extend and improve this service. We are looking to actively tackle the concerns of local people around unsafe and illegal parking and will now be able to target the areas that need it most.”
Notes to Editors
How will the service be funded?
This new scheme (called Civil Parking Enforcement) enables the Council to retain the income from penalty charge notices (PCNs); this will enable us to employ more staff to enforce the existing rules.
How will the money be used?
Any income from the scheme is used to fund the costs of enforcement and if there are any surplus funds then these will be used to improve local transport.
CPE has been introduced across the Northamptonshire. Kettering Borough Council has worked with NCC and the Department of Transport to ensure that enforcement can be carried out by the Council’s existing warden team to maximise efficiency.