31 May 2012>
Recent changes to parking arrangements in Blackwood mean that more shoppers can now park in short-stay bays along the High Street and pop into the shops.
However, some motorists are abusing the parking arrangements in the town and this inconsiderate minority is being targeted. A recent crackdown by local police officers resulted in 87 parking tickets issued to vehicles that were breaking the law – a fixed penalty of £30 a time.
Caerphilly County Borough Council and Gwent Police are working together to keep the town centre accessible to motorists and pedestrians alike. But a thoughtless few are spoiling their efforts. The operation was put in place in response to the increasing congestion and complaints from retailers. Motorists are parking on double yellow lines and occupying loading bays in High Street, Blackwood whilst they leave their vehicles to visit local shops and banks.
Gwent Police's Blackwood Neighbourhood Team have been taking a zero tolerance approach towards motorists illegally parked in Blackwood and tickets were issued to vehicles not adhering to the correct parking regulations, which hold either a £30 fine or a £60 fine with 3 points depending on the offence.
Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector for Blackwood, Mark Smith says: "I am determined to work with the Blackwood town centre retailers so that irresponsible motorists who park illegally do not affect their trade. There is adequate parking provision provided by the Local Authority, and I would urge drivers to park in responsibly. My staff will continue to adopt a zero tolerance approach, issuing fixed penalty tickets where necessary."
Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering said, "While it is only an inconsiderate minority who are restricting access by parking illegally on the High Street, it is causing undue congestion nonetheless. I am pleased that action is being taken against this small minority of motorists, so that we can help ensure that Blackwood town centre is accessible for all. The 30 minute parking bays are ideal for customers who need shop for just a few items in Blackwood. This latest initiative by Gwent Police helps to reinforce the availability of parking for customers."
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