County Hall has revealed a total of 187 motorists were issued with on street penalty charge notices throughout the borough during August.
Most drivers (88 notices) were ticketed for parking for longer than permitted in time limit wait bays. This was the offence committed at the three ‘hotspots’ in Melton where 20 or more notices were issued - namely Thorpe End (25), Burton Street (22) and Chapel Street (20).
The breakdown of the other tickets issued in the Melton borough were for parking in contravention of:
l Residents’ parking areas (24)
l Disabled parking (20)
l Yellow line restrictions with kerb tabs (17)
l Loading/unloading restrictions (16)
l Yellow lines (12)
l Taxi rank (7)
l Pedestrian crossing (2)
l Restricted bus stop or stand (1)
Pam Posnett, chairwoman of Leicestershire County Council’s Highways Forum for Melton, said: “The 187 tickets does sound high.
“There are people who will chance their arm and who will have done so for weeks and months and not got caught but this time they have been.”
She added: “I think one of the problems we’ve got in Melton is that some of the houses we’ve built and the streets we’ve got were not designed for the number of cars we’ve now got. There are now lots of streets where people are parking on both sides of the road, making it difficult for people to get through and for emergency vehicles.
“I think drivers sometimes get frustrated finding somewhere to park in Melton. A lot depends on how long they want to be in town. That’s why the Melton Business Improvement District (BID) is looking at initiatives along the lines of ‘free after three (o’clock)’.”
Peter Osborne, County Hall’s cabinet member for highways, said: “I hope these figures show we’re taking the issue seriously. People who park on the restrictions, which is dangerous and inappropriate should be aware - we’re watching you.”