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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Barrow motorists escape parking fees due to poor signage

POORLY maintained parking bays and signs have resulted in Barrow Borough Council missing out on thousands of pounds in revenue.

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SHOCK FALL The number of parking tickets issued by Barrow Borough Council has almost halved

Figures released following a Freedom of Information request have revealed a fall in the number of parking tickets issued by Barrow Borough Council from 9,234 in from 2011 to 2012, earning £272,612; to 5,173 in 2013 to 2014, netting the cash-strapped council just £127,419.

Over the entire period the fines have raised £586,199 for the authority.

Councillors have said the fall in revenue is due to poorly maintained road markings making it almost impossible for chiefs to clamp down on problem parkers.

It is understood more than half of the tickets issued come from violations on off-street car parks because they are easier to enforce than those committed in poorly maintained on-street areas.

Councillor Alison Johnston, Barrow Borough councillor for Barrow Island, said: “The problem is the signage and the lines are a big issue, particularly on Barrow Island. They are really badly maintained.

“Because of the state of the signage they can’t enforce it – if it goes to court they would probably lose because there are no clear markings.”

Councillor John Murphy, Cumbria County Councillor for Old Barrow and Barrow Borough Councillor for Newbarns, said he believes poor signs have affected the ability of traffic wardens to do their job. He said: “We’ve secured funding and permission for 8,000m of new double yellow lines for around Barrow Island.”

A Cumbria County Council spokeswoman said: “The county council has identified some defects on signs and lines in the Barrow area, however these are a very small number and do not contribute greatly to the drop in the number of tickets issued. We are now in the process sure these defects are corrected.”

Have your say

There are not enough places for people working on barrow island! If the council is concerned about loss of revenue they should provide pay and display parking rather than painting yellow lines. Things are only going to get worse as the jobs increase and the construction work starts at the yard.

What would the council rather have, no jobs? There wouldn't be any problems with parking then.

Posted by Andy on 12 April 2014 at 23:24

Unfortunatly if the public parked with consideration for others we would not need to have Traffic Wardens, as a car park attendant myself I see first hand how some spoil it for most.

Posted by Graham on 12 April 2014 at 17:52

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