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Temporary wardens could be hired

PUBLISHED: 16:44 21 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:07 03 July 2010

TEMPORARY traffic wardens could be employed to police Great Yarmouth seafront to avoid parking chaos in the busy summer season.

Norfolk County Council is considering funding seasonal traffic wardens to cover the seafront and members of the council's area committee for Yarmouth will be updated on its progress at a meeting on Monday.

TEMPORARY traffic wardens could be employed to police Great Yarmouth seafront to avoid parking chaos in the busy summer season.

Norfolk County Council is considering funding seasonal traffic wardens to cover the seafront and members of the council's area committee for Yarmouth will be updated on its progress at a meeting on Monday.

A report by traffic manager David Law, of Norfolk Police, explains the county council has proposed to part fund the existing number of traffic wardens in the county. The report also warns that the official handover of civil parking enforcement could be further delayed because of a hold-up in local government re-organisation.

For several years Norfolk Police had up to seven full time traffic wardens working in the borough, and often employed two seasonal wardens during the summer. However, when civil parking enforcement was first proposed many wardens decided to move into other areas of the force, and a small number of these posts were filled with temporary staff on fixed contracts.

A delay in the process means one post covered by two job-share traffic wardens in Yarmouth covers an area from Hopton to Potter Heigham.

The number of traffic wardens operating in the borough fell from four to one at the beginning of November last year and since November 26, 105 parking tickets have been handed out. In 2007, 1,610 fixed penalty notices were issued by traffic warden, that figure was 1,301 in 2008.

The area committee meeting is at the Town Hall on Monday at 9.30am.

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