Fines to be enforced for illegal parking at Dereham’s Cherry Tree car park

Cherry Tree car park in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher. Cherry Tree car park in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, May 30, 2014
2:16 PM

Drivers who park illegally in disabled bays or across the white lines at Dereham’s biggest free car park will soon face fines after a new civil enforcement regime is introduced.

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Breckland Council has agreed to implement the measures in response to complaints about illegal and inconsiderate parking at the Cherry Tree car park – including overnight stops by HGVs and refrigerated lorries.

Fines of £50 or £70 could be slapped on offending vehicles, rising to £105 if not paid in time, but the council stressed that the car park would remain a 24-hour free facility for those who use it properly.

Mark Kiddle-Morris, Breckland’s executive member for assets and strategic development, said: “We have had several complaints about the continued misuse of parking bays, particularly the designated disabled spaces, cars straddling the white lines and the most annoying one is HGVs staying overnight, with their refrigerators running all night.

“Parking sensibly is a matter of common courtesy and people who do not respect the rules are creating problems for others.”

Mr Kiddle-Morris made the decision for powers to be granted to West Norfolk Council to carry out enforcement measures on Breckland’s behalf.

He said the neighbouring authority, based in King’s Lynn, has the back-office facilities to process tickets and fines and already enforces on-street parking in Dereham – but the new agreement will be Breckland’s first off-street civil enforcement scheme.

The initial plans were to put up notices warning of the impending actions within the next two weeks, but that has since been delayed while a solution is reached to allow Dereham’s market traders to park.

Mr Kiddle-Morris said: “The guys who work on the market come in wagons which are bigger than the parking bays, so we are trying to work out a permit system to allow them to continue using the car park. That is the reason for the delay, but before we do any enforcement we will put up notices first to advise people what is happening.

“We don’t know exactly when that will be, but we will not do anything without giving due warning that if people misuse the car park they can expect to be fined.”

The enforcement action will be for an initial trial period of six months, after which it will be reviewed. Mr Kiddle-Morris said the council would be charged £50 for each visit by the enforcement team. The lines on the car park were repainted earlier this year to ensure that spaces are clearly marked.

What do you think of the enforcement proposals for the Cherry Tree car park? Write, including your address and contact details, to dft.letters@archant.co.uk.

10 comments

  • Can someone tell me where these Lorry's should park?? Yes there fridges are running but people would complain if the food was delivered defrosted!! Grr, some people just want to complain about anything and everything.

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    Emma Hart

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Does that not work both ways? Disabled people that think its ok to park in parent and child spaces, do you agree they should be fined too??

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    Emma Hart

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Meanwhile the road at the entrance to the carpark is falling apart again.

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    Paul-Michael Ebbens

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Maybe instead they should just be checking the blue badge holders. A few months checking those and I'm sure there will be more disabled spaces available.

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    Resident Smith

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Does anyone really expect Breckland to do anything constructive this time. They haven't over the 30 years I have lived in Dereham. Any action would require some one to come out of their big waste of money portacabin rather than sitting on their rear ends!

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    beverley

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Who on earth complains? I have lived in Dereham for 14 years and have yet to see the car park full, there are always spaceds both on Market day and on a Saturday. If a car parks badly, simply move on and park in another slot. Jeeez some people would rather complain about poor parking in the first two ranks of bays rather than just walk an extra 20-30 yards from the parking bays nearer the back. jots certainly not worth paying a company to now enforce a "non issue"

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    Lucioperca

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • So where are they meant to park "derehamtown" ? Having disabled parking bays is a privilege not a right. Just because you have a blue badge does not give you any more or less rights on the road. I would rather see a parent with 2 kids use a disabled bay then struggle in one of the normal bays, or an elderly person who may not be classed as "disabled" but still struggles to get out a modern car. You may not think they need more space but why don't you try leaning into your car to get your kid out the car seat and carrying them out into the buggy while in a normal space. Or be a pregnant lady trying to squeeze out a gap because some idiot cant park. I would happily see them park in a disabled bay specially if its going to avoid damage to my car... Before they start issuing fines they need to fix that car park. Layout is crap. Can hardly see any road markings. People never know which direction your meant to be driving on what part of the road. Its un secure and you get the idiots hanging around in their cars at night "drifting" around other cars parked there because they got kicked out the Tesco car park for doing the same.

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    Forbiddenuk

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • This has been broached many times in the past. Does anyone really expect Breckland to sort it out this time!

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    beverley

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Its about time this was done and enforced. Being disabled and a Blue Badge holder myself its annoying when people who are not disabled park in the disabled bays. The most common ones I've seen parking in the bays are parents with young children and older people who are not disabled. What makes it even worse is that they think they have a right to park in the disabled bays because they need more space. Hopefully giving them a £50 or £70 fine will make these people wake up and realize that disabled people need these spaces for a reason. Its just a pity that its not a motoring offence where they can be given 3 points on there driving licence for illegally parking in a disabled bay.

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    derehamtown

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Purely another money making scheme for the council.

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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