POLICE in Spilsby are set to clamp down on illegal parking after the town’s neighbourhood panel identified it as a number one priority.
The panel, which is made up of community representatives and policing figures, made the announcement following their latest meeting to discuss local issues and concerns.
It will now be a priority for 2011.
PC Matt Dickinson, who is the community beat manager for the town, said “Illegal parking in Spilsby is clearly an issue about which local people feel very strongly.
“We intend to respond to those concerns with a focused campaign of education and enforcement”.
Friendly posters are being displayed in local shop windows urging motorists to show consideration and remind them that they have a simple choice when it comes to parking. They can either opt for a pay and display ticket, starting at just 50p for a short stay, or the more expensive fixed penalty ticket costing £30.
PC Dickinson ended by saying “An important part of our role as local police officers is to listen to the community, identify what things matter to local residents, and act upon them to improve the quality of life for everyone.
“Anybody is welcome to come along to a panel meeting and have their say about the issues that affect them in Spilsby”.
Mayor of Spilsby David Pleming welcomed the new priority placed on parking that has long since been a topic of discussion at town council meetings.
Although he felt the decision would be beneficial to shops in the town centre by ensuring visitors would have spaces to park for up to an hour, questions have been raised about the level of all day parking in the town.
“I very strongly feel that we ought to have completely free parking on Post Office Lane.
“At the moment it is quite hard for anyone coming into Spilsby to work to park for free.
“It is not really fair to have someone on minimum wage being made to pay for a full days parking.”
For more details about the Spilsby Neighbourhood Panel, contact the Spilsby and Wainfleet Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0300 111 0300.
The panel meets every three months.