New role in enforcement

GREAT Yarmouth needs to be one of the first towns in Norfolk to take on civil parking enforcement if it is to overcome rogue parkers, a councillor has warned.

GREAT Yarmouth needs to be one of the first towns in Norfolk to take on civil parking enforcement if it is to overcome rogue parkers, a councillor has warned.

Conservative councillor Graham Plant warned parking problems in the borough - served by just one traffic warden - would only get worse the longer the town was left without effective enforcement.

His comments were made at last Thursday's meeting of the borough council's car parking steering group, which heard that three wardens employed by Norfolk Police will monitor seafront car parks this summer. The posts, costing �45,169, will be funded by surplus cash raised in council-run pay and display car parks.

The handover of parking enforcement powers from police to local councils has been delayed due to the local government review.

Labour leader Mick Castle said he was confident the council could handle additional parking enforcement, which will not come into effect until 2010, or even later.