Bournemouth's parking meters still not being enforced

JUST IN CASE: Scott Major using a parking meter in Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, even though enforcement has come to a grinding halt

JUST IN CASE: Scott Major using a parking meter in Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, even though enforcement has come to a grinding halt

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BOURNEMOUTH’S parking meters are still not being enforced while an investigation is carried out.

No on-street parking fines have been issued for almost two months, after an appeal against a penalty charge notice revealed possible errors in Traffic Regulation Orders.

But the council is still advising motorists to pay for their on-street parking and is warning that enforcement would be reinstated at any time.

Mike Holmes, service director for planning and transport, said: “We are confident the use of all parking meters to regulate parking across Bournemouth is lawful.

“The Independent Adjudicator’s decision related to the legal documentation behind parking enforcement at a particular area where a pay and display meter is located. “This is not uncommon and has happened to other councils across the country. As soon as we became aware of the issue in Bournemouth, we suspended enforcement at all on street pay and display locations, while we sought legal advice in relation to this specific issue. We are now working to rectify what is a technical issue. “While we could continue to enforce, we have taken the decision to not issue PCNs in respect of on-street pay and display until this process is complete. “This matter is being rectified as a matter of urgency and enforcement action could be reinstated at any time without notice.

“Motorists who currently hold outstanding PCNs in respect of displaying a ticket on street should follow the appeals process.”

There are 98 meters across the borough, which normally collect around £15,000 a week.

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10:14am Sun 11 Nov 12

uvox44 says...

are the meters outside the Town Hall working? Oh sorry , forgot there aren't any because the Mayor and Councillors need free parking apparently , wheras everyone else doesn't-hypocrites of the highest order.
are the meters outside the Town Hall working? Oh sorry , forgot there aren't any because the Mayor and Councillors need free parking apparently , wheras everyone else doesn't-hypocrites of the highest order. uvox44
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10:41am Sun 11 Nov 12

itsallgammon says...

Thank you Echo for constantly adding new words to my vocabulary.

This one has me a bit mystified however - just exactly how does one "Enforce" a Parking Meter? Do you feed it until it is satisfied or give it the sound thrashing it deserves?
Thank you Echo for constantly adding new words to my vocabulary. This one has me a bit mystified however - just exactly how does one "Enforce" a Parking Meter? Do you feed it until it is satisfied or give it the sound thrashing it deserves? itsallgammon
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12:15pm Sun 11 Nov 12

sofa_king_right says...

we are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world
we are cursed by an inept and incompetent council
might as well let richard carr and dave wells run the town
they would probably do a better job
we are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world we are cursed by an inept and incompetent council might as well let richard carr and dave wells run the town they would probably do a better job sofa_king_right
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1:24pm Sun 11 Nov 12

penhale says...

sofa_king_right wrote:
we are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world
we are cursed by an inept and incompetent council
might as well let richard carr and dave wells run the town
they would probably do a better job
I think you'll find they already do.
[quote][p][bold]sofa_king_right[/bold] wrote: we are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world we are cursed by an inept and incompetent council might as well let richard carr and dave wells run the town they would probably do a better job[/p][/quote]I think you'll find they already do. penhale
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1:37pm Sun 11 Nov 12

spooki says...

Does that mean we still have to pay to park? Or that we wont get fined if we don't? We could just follow builders, couriers, shopping deliveries and Bmth maintenance lorries and park where/whenever we like?
Does that mean we still have to pay to park? Or that we wont get fined if we don't? We could just follow builders, couriers, shopping deliveries and Bmth maintenance lorries and park where/whenever we like? spooki
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2:26pm Sun 11 Nov 12

jamesba says...

Thanks for the fear-mongering. I will now live in fear of the council. You've done a great service to the UK(plc).
Thanks for the fear-mongering. I will now live in fear of the council. You've done a great service to the UK(plc). jamesba
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2:45pm Sun 11 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

Parking meters are expensive to purchase and maintain, but if they are making £15k a week I guess they are worth it. However, I find the principle of using OUR money to buy machines that make yet more money out of US distasteful.
Parking meters are expensive to purchase and maintain, but if they are making £15k a week I guess they are worth it. However, I find the principle of using OUR money to buy machines that make yet more money out of US distasteful. The Renegade Master
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6:28pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Apb1964 says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
Parking meters are expensive to purchase and maintain, but if they are making £15k a week I guess they are worth it. However, I find the principle of using OUR money to buy machines that make yet more money out of US distasteful.
Agree 100% but hey what can you do? Having worked for the council on refuse I have seen at first hand the waste and the 'them and us'attitude, until you get a councillor with some b**** your only going to get a bunch of people looking out for themselves
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: Parking meters are expensive to purchase and maintain, but if they are making £15k a week I guess they are worth it. However, I find the principle of using OUR money to buy machines that make yet more money out of US distasteful.[/p][/quote]Agree 100% but hey what can you do? Having worked for the council on refuse I have seen at first hand the waste and the 'them and us'attitude, until you get a councillor with some b**** your only going to get a bunch of people looking out for themselves Apb1964
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12:38am Mon 12 Nov 12

billd766 says...

Quote

No on-street parking fines have been issued for almost two months, after an appeal against a penalty charge notice revealed possible errors in Traffic Regulation Orders.
There are 98 meters across the borough, which normally collect around £15,000 a week.
So the ineptitude and stupidity somewhere in the council officers has resulted in a loss of nearly £120,000 in 2 months.
The meters bring in to the council £720,000 a year.
Quote No on-street parking fines have been issued for almost two months, after an appeal against a penalty charge notice revealed possible errors in Traffic Regulation Orders. There are 98 meters across the borough, which normally collect around £15,000 a week. So the ineptitude and stupidity somewhere in the council officers has resulted in a loss of nearly £120,000 in 2 months. The meters bring in to the council £720,000 a year. billd766
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6:48am Mon 12 Nov 12

EGHH says...

spooki wrote:
Does that mean we still have to pay to park? Or that we wont get fined if we don't? We could just follow builders, couriers, shopping deliveries and Bmth maintenance lorries and park where/whenever we like?
They are doing their job. Not popping into buy something. Without the delivery drivers being forced into breaking the law by a stupid council the shops etc would soon run out!
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: Does that mean we still have to pay to park? Or that we wont get fined if we don't? We could just follow builders, couriers, shopping deliveries and Bmth maintenance lorries and park where/whenever we like?[/p][/quote]They are doing their job. Not popping into buy something. Without the delivery drivers being forced into breaking the law by a stupid council the shops etc would soon run out! EGHH
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1:43pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Matthew_Y says...

Here’s an idea. As the council aren’t enforcing parking charges at the moment anyway, why don’t they openly publicise Free Parking in the town while the problem is investigated, and see if it has any impact on tourism and shop spending?
Here’s an idea. As the council aren’t enforcing parking charges at the moment anyway, why don’t they openly publicise Free Parking in the town while the problem is investigated, and see if it has any impact on tourism and shop spending? Matthew_Y
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