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Poll: Traffic wardens issue almost 40 parking tickets every day in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:58 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 18:08 18 July 2014

A total of 40,238 tickets were issued between 2011/12 and 2013/14 - an average of 37 every day, the figures released by Ipswich Borough Council under Freedom of Infroamtion laws showed.

A total of 40,238 tickets were issued between 2011/12 and 2013/14 - an average of 37 every day, the figures released by Ipswich Borough Council under Freedom of Infroamtion laws showed.

Almost 40 parking tickets are issued every day in Ipswich – with drivers paying more than £1million in fines in the last three years, it can be revealed.

Traffic wardens have swooped on more than 40,000 illegally parked vehicles in the town since 2011, figures obtained by the Star also show.

And the borough council is still chasing up more than 2,000 unpaid tickets, worth more than £180,000.

The news comes as the Government takes steps to make it easier and cheaper for drivers to park in town centres and put a stop to the mass exodus of shoppers fleeing the high street to shop online or visit out-of-town retail parks which boast free parking.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, previously claimed local authorities are using motorists as “cash cows” – and is aiming to make town centres more attractive for shoppers.

Under new rules, drivers will be given a 10-minute grace period after their parking tickets expire before being fined to stop wardens from making the high street 
a no-go zone, while people and businesses can demand a review of parking in their area, including charges and the use of yellow lines.

Mr Pickles said: “Over-zealous parking enforcement and unreasonable stealth fines by post undermine the high street, push up the cost of living and cost local authorities more in the long-term.”

There are 12 full-time traffic enforcement officers in Ipswich. The borough council says unsafe parking needs to be penalised to protect people’s safety, make the town more attractive for traders and shoppers, help fund council services and relieve pressure on council taxes.

A total of 40,238 tickets were issued between 2011/12 and 2013/14 - an average of 37 every day, the figures released by Ipswich Borough Council under Freedom of Infroamtion laws showed.

The council received £1.14m from these penalty charge notices.

At the end of the last financial year, 2,127 tickets had not been paid – worth £181,465.68. It is thought the majority of these will be successfully pursued by the council.

In addition, over the last three years the council has cancelled 3,853 tickets.

Last night, Carole Jones, the borough’s portfolio-holder economic development, said the authority is “committed” to helping businesses in the town centre.

She said the Quids-In campaign providing cheap afternoon parking and discounted bus fares into the town centre has had a “positive impact”.

Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement said: “Visitors into the town centre are its life blood so we need to do everything possible to bring them in.

“The Quids-In campaign which offers parking for £1 after 3pm is a great example of a promotion that has seen significant increases in use of the participating car parks in this period.”

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman added: “We have a rigorous enforcement policy and comprehensive appeals process and will continue to seek recovery of outstanding fines whenever it is possible to do.

“The outstanding debt for this year will recede as we progress. Our message to motorists is simple: don’t flout the law and you will not face a fine.”

Witnesses to a crash in an Ipswich retail park, which has left an eight-year-old girl in hospital, are being asked to come forward.

A coroner has expressed concern that staff at a Suffolk holiday park are yet to be health and safety trained – more than 12 months after a girl drowned there.

Ed Sheeran will compete against friend Stormzy for this year’s Mercury Prize.

A mental health unit run by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) has been awarded a prestigious accreditation.

A woman in her 70s has spoken of her “shock” after an alleged assault saw her knocked to the ground in the high street of a Suffolk town.

A Bury St Edmunds man has appeared in court after being charged in connection with two burglary incidents in the town within four days.

A group of travellers who had set up an unlawful camp on the West End Road car park in Ipswich have now moved on to the Bramford Lane Recreation ground in the north west of town.

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