Crackdown launched on dangerous and illegal parking in St Neots
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Motorists who park illegally near St Neots railway station could be fined £30 from Monday.
Police officers will begin a crack down on dangerous and illegal parking – predominantly by commuters – as part of an initiative designed to address concerns about the use of a grass verge on Hawkesden Road as an alternative to using the station car park.
Officers have already been talking with motorists and identifying those who have parked on the verge.
Some have been tracked down using their vehicle registrations and have been sent letters by the police.
Posters have also been placed around the area warning drivers about parking illegally on the single yellow line in Hawkesden Road ahead of the start of next week’s enforcement action.
Previously, officers were unable to issue fines as the road was unadopted. Cambridgeshire County Council, as the highways authority, has now adopted the road, allowing the police to issue £30 penalty tickets to drivers who have parked illegally.
Sergeant Garry Webb told The Hunts Post: “We are seeking to build on the work already done by the council following a history of parking and traffic related problems.
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“The road next to the fence has been used for some time by commuters and others for free parking.
“The area along Hawkesden Road, as marked out by a single yellow line, has now been adopted as part of the highway.
“Officers will begin by giving motorists advice about the new restrictions before enforcing the law.
“Should vehicles continue to use this area then fines will be issued.”
County, district and St Neots town Councillor Barry Chapman has been campaigning for a resolution to the problem after a series of complaints.
He told The Hunts Post: “I’m glad that we have finally got some movement on this. We’ve been working with the police and the county council on obtaining a solution to this and I am glad that at last parking restrictions will be enforced.”
Do you welcome the move to issue fines to motorists parked on the verge near the station? Are you now having to find somewhere else to park? Email your views to email@example.com.