Christmas shoppers have been warned to park legally in Norwich’s streets after council bosses said extra traffic wardens would be patrolling the city.

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Norwich City Council documents show it has collected almost £27,000 less from on-street parking fines in the first six months of 2012/13 compared to the same period in 2011/12.

The authority says this is because its team of traffic wardens, or civil enforcement officers (CEOs), has been under-staffed.

Bert Bremner, the city council’s cabinet member for transportation, said: “My view of traffic wardens by enforcing the regulations, they are not there to be malicious, they are there to keep the streets clear. So often you find places blocked by vehicles.

“They will not just be in the city centre - they will be enforcing permits all over the city. There will be concentrations in the city centre in shopping times.

“We are looking forward to them helping things run smoothly and to allow shoppers to get in and out and get their presents ready for Christmas.”

Three retirements and a recruitment freeze while the service was reviewed has left the council short of five CEOs.

But five new wardens have been employed to bring the team back-up to its full strength of 25.

Two of the CEOs have been trained and are currently working on the streets to learn the city and the restrictions, according to the council.

Three more are attending a training course starting on Monday, December 17, and will be out and about in Norwich from Friday, December 21.

Mr Bremner said more complaints about parking problems tended to concern Norwich’s zones where permits are required.

But he said warden numbers had to be a limited to ensure the service was affordable.

Mr Bremner added: “It’s the notices that really work. I go into an area and, if I see a permit parking sign, I don’t stay and park.”

The city council raised £669,028 from handing out fines to motorists who parked illegally in Norwich’s streets in 2011/12 - an increase from 2010/11’s £650,606.

The authority’s income from fines was down by £26,992 between April 2012, and September 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.

Stefan Gurney, Norwich Business Improvement District project manager, said shoppers will have to be vigilant but parking enforcement played an important role in the city centre.

Mr Gurney said: “Usually over the Christmas period it’s vital to ensure the city has a good flow of traffic and congestion is reduced to a minimum.

“Having traffic wardens, while not the easiest of jobs to do, it’s one of the jobs that keeps the city flowing.”

Mr Gurney said there was a “huge uplift” in visitor numbers into Norwich over the festive period, and it was already noticeable.

He said: “Looking at the car parks at 10am yesterday, every one was full.

“We should be promoting and pushing park and ride to help support that. If you are coming for a full day, using the park and ride will ease the congestion and the turnaround of traffic in the city.”

Stephen Little, Green Party city councillor, said there were various parking issues in his Town Close ward, including business and residents’ permits.

He said: “Residents normally are keen for more enforcement.”

13 comments

  • Who are you kidding? Was in Norwich yesterday and saw Parking Patawayos everywhere. One on Oak Street was lurking behind a tree because he had spotted a potential victim. Another was doing the same in the carpark off Magdalen Street. It is so not traffic control. It is a money raising exercise. The cars that they were eying up were parked illegally yet safely but were about to go over their allotted time. Why didn't they wander off and immediately ticket cars that I could see and they surely must have been able to see that were parked on double yellow lines blocking up roads. Because they would have to walk more than a few steps there and then a few steps back to see if their original victim was there and had not managed to escape by coming back two minutes after their allotted time.

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    alecto

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Easy answer..'Park an Ride' into the city. No worries about parking fine or fee's and chauffeur driven as well.

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    musicman

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • jilly i agree with you ,they can't seam you understand that permet holders shouldnt ever be ticketed

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    billythebookie

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • These people are Not Traffic Wardens, they are Parking Enforcement Officers (civilians previously know as Parking attendants). The council use them to generate income and not to control parking in towns and Cities. They also empty the council car parks of cash. I can see no comparison between Traffic Wardens who were employed by the Police and Parking attendants, as traffic wardens were never there to generate cash, but to enforce the regulations and not used as Cash Cows as the present council use their parking attendants for.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Peter Watson, your nuLabour luvvies are for sure, to hand these parking control freaks to their Tory pals at Norse...start to see a patten yet!!!

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    nrg

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Half of them do park legally, the council still put tickets on them!

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    billythebookie

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • The CEOs have been short-handed for some time now.The council have restored numbers by public demand.Unfortunately too many motorists are ignorant of the Highway Code and how to park.Excellent decision.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Well we can't have the parking enforcement team short of members can we? Since the council have made Norwich a parking nightmare,businesses have lost customers by the score,and many people don't bother shopping in Norwich anymore.The loss of the free half hour parking bays and installation of meters finished off the casual shopper and most people tend to use out of town shopping venues or the internet.Sky high business rates and rent mean that empty shops will become a much more common feature of the city centre,because of the city council's agressive attitude towards the motorist.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Seems to be Bertie Bremner week for the news! What a goodie two shoes reading his comments this week. Oh and while on the subject of traffic just had a look at Graphs Hill after his comments the other day about the proposed bus lane and wondered exactly where it was going to go? doesn't seem wide enough in places unless you dig up the central island and the new works at the junction of St Benedicts???

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    City Boy

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • the bumble bees, council jobsworths and councillors must want more money for their Christmas parties. So lets go and hammer the motorist more !.

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    "V"

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • If a motorist has parked legally, and then gets a ticket, and I can see no reason why they would, then the appeals process is open to them.

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    crunchy dick

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Happy Christmas from the City Council and more fines doled out

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • I see illegally parked cars all over the city that seem to get away with it. Yet, as a residential permit holder, I have been fined for forgetting to renew my permit for a measly 4 days. Once I realised I renewed it immediately but despite appealing the fine was not waived. To me it seems as if they are trying to make up that lost income from law-abiding citizens who they know will pay up!

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    JillyG

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

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