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'Ban traffic wardens from Newquay' bid by councillor who got £70 fine

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 22, 2012

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A COUNCILLOR'S plea for traffic wardens to be banned from Newquay has been rejected.

Councillor Norman Thompson told his fellow councillors that the civil enforcement service provided by Cornwall Council is not working and that it should be scrapped.

He told Wednesday's meeting: "When the police used to have traffic wardens they operated under their own discretion and were sensible. Now we have people who could be reporting to a line manager and asked why they have not been giving out tickets. It's expensive to our community and its not working."

However, Mr Thompson admitted that he had been issued with a £70 fine.

He explained: "I was in a car bay and one of my wheels was on the white line, I appealed but was unsuccessful. Newquay is a holiday town and we want to put a smile on the face of the resort not give them unwelcome fines."

He proposed that the council should write to Cornwall Council and asked them to withdraw all the civil enforcement officers from the Newquay parish but this was not supported by his fellow councillors.

Councillor Dave Sleeman said: "Traffic wardens are a problem but it's because of the lack of enforcement. We have cars parked on junctions and they are not being dealt with adequately. We always have problems with the authorities passing the buck, the council say it's a police issue and the police say it's down to the council. I think we need a proper debate on this."

Councillor Pat Lambshead suggested that there should be more limited waiting bays in the resort.

He said: "We should be encouraging people to come to Newquay. I have sympathy for Councillor Thompson but I think he has the wrong end of the stick."

Cornwall and town councillor John Fitter defended the system, he said: "Civil enforcement officers follow government legislation and do not get bonuses, which has been implied. They obey traffic regulations."

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  • goliath_david  |  June 22 2012, 10:27PM

    ceo's can only issue tickets for yellow line, limited waiting or loading bays/disabled bays. Any obstructions of junctions, pavements etc falls under the police powers.

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  • helston90  |  June 22 2012, 11:41AM

    Like josdave said "Am I legally allowed to leave my car parked like this here whilst I go off?" if the answer is no then don't- it's pretty simple rule to follow and people should learn by their mistakes, not claim the whole scheme is a scam!

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  • josdave  |  June 22 2012, 8:41AM

    People who park illegally or dangerously should be booked and I have no sympathy. This councillor should know that if every motorist obeyed the higway code traffic wardens and speed cameras would become extinct. All fines should be paid and the culprits should stop whinging and try to drive more sensibly in the future.

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