Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 23, 2017

Plans For Enforcement Cameras On Council Car Parks Abandoned

Unfortunately the local press doesn’t attend our borough council meetings to report on matters that affect the public, which is a shame because there is much the public needs to be told. Local blogs are becoming the only source of information. And it is the Our West Lancashire website that reported on a question that drew an interesting admission from Portfolio Holder Cllr John Hodson about parking enforcement cameras .

Responding to a question from Our West Lancashire councillor Adrian Owens, Cllr Hodson confirmed that negotiations with Bemrose Mobile  have ended and that the planned cameras will not now be installed. In April, Our West Lancashire had presented a petition to the council signed by more than 300 residents calling for the scheme to be dropped. The scheme had first been approved by the Labour cabinet in a confidential agenda item in January with no opposition from the Conservatives.

New Derby ward Councillor Ian Davis said “This was clearly an unpopular and ill-conceived idea from the very start. Our town centres need all the help they can get to succeed with the changes to modern shopping habits. To imagine that these cameras, which would have linked to the wardens’ hand-held devices to improve enforcement, would not deter much-needed visitors defied logic. It was clearly an attempt to raise more money from motorists”.

Our West Lancashire understands that several councils are currently considering legal action against Bemrose Mobile  for breach of contract, and Cllr Owens concluded “This has been a sorry episode and the council now needs to stop pursuing high-tech enforcement solutions and instead work on a car parking policy that makes it easy and stress-free for visitors to find a parking space to pay and to top-up if they wish to stay longer. That policy also needs to make some attractive parking promotions and concessions. The days of making a near £400,000 in surplus from motorists parking in Ormskirk are over”.


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