THE introduction of parking wardens in Wargrave is a step closer afterÂ Wokingham Borough Council agreed to
THE introduction of parking wardens in Wargrave is a step closer after Wokingham Borough Council agreed to apply for civil parking enforcement in the borough.
The council wants the Department for Transport’s permission to take over responsibility for enforcement from the police and could have its new powers within a year.
Wardens would be appointed by the council to patrol streets and issue notices or fines for offences such as parking on double yellow lines,Â parking across dropped kerbs or staying too long in a car park.
Residents and councillors in Wargrave have complained about parking problems in parts of the village, including School Hill, near Robert Piggott Junior School.
In 2014, parish councillors supported the introduction of wardens, along with the Wargrave neighbourhood action group.
Councillor Marion Pope said: “One of the big problems is people parking on pavements, which are there for people and pushchairs and so on.Â Drivers think that if you are parked on the pavement you are off the yellow lines and it’s legal.”
Borough councillor Malcolm Richards, executive member for highways and transport, said:Â “Civil parking enforcement is important because we’ll have the muscle to tackle congestion and improve road safety and improve parking fairness for everyone.”