Forty per cent of all Wiltshire's parking penalties are given in Salisbury

NEARLY 40 per cent of all parking penalties in Wiltshire are issued in Salisbury.

As Wiltshire Council’s income from penalty charges rockets by 25 per cent, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that 12,075 parking fines were issued in Salisbury out of a total of 30,419 in Wiltshire.

The figures cover the year from October 1, 2012 to September 30 this year and have prompted the chairman of Salisbury Area Board, Cllr Ricky Rogers, to accuse council chiefs of being unfair to the city.

Penalty notices can be imposed for failing to display the right parking ticket, parking on double yellow lines or parking in contravention of other regulations.

Cllr Rogers, who leads the Labour group on Wiltshire Council and represents the Salisbury Bemerton ward, said: “It cannot be right. We are definitely out of synch with the rest of Wiltshire.

“It’s almost a double whammy we are hit with – we have the highest parking charges and now the highest number of parking tickets. “The flexibility has gone out of the system and tickets are issued when you are just five minutes overdue.”

After Salisbury, the next highest number was in Chippenham, where 3,953 penalty notices were issued, followed by Trowbridge with 2,569 penalties. Other figures include:

• Amesbury, 448

• Tidworth, 151

Wilton, 149

• Tisbury, 47

• Mere, 12

• Durrington 2

Larkhill, 1

In total, 30,419 penalty notices were issued, bringing in £854,267 – a 25 per cent increase on the previous 12 months when 24,609 penalties were issued, netting £681,868.

The penalties for 2012-2013 were split between 11,155 imposed for breaches of the rules in car parks and 13,454 for infringements on the public highway.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: All our civil enforcement officers are trained to the same high standard. “They will issue parking notices to any vehicle in contravention of the traffic regulation orders to help keep traffic following freely. If anyone believes they have received a penalty charge notice incorrectly, they can always follow the appeals process.”

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10:14am Thu 26 Dec 13

hillyanne says...

I hope the people who park inconsiderately/ille
gally,who impede traffic flow(eg. buses down Castle Street) are in this disgracefully high count.
I wish more drivers would use the park& ride and leave their cars out of the city.It's a great system that many places would give their right arm for.
I hope the people who park inconsiderately/ille gally,who impede traffic flow(eg. buses down Castle Street) are in this disgracefully high count. I wish more drivers would use the park& ride and leave their cars out of the city.It's a great system that many places would give their right arm for. hillyanne

1:01pm Thu 26 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

Welcome to Salisbury!
Beware of the hordes of 'parking ambassadors' and extortionate parking charges. I wonder if this contributes to the reduction in revenue from parking over the last year and, discourages shoppers from buying from shops in Salisbury? Of course it does.
Buses and park and ride are fine, as long as you aren't burdened with shopping, pushchairs, children and lousy weather, then it's impossible.
Welcome to Salisbury! Beware of the hordes of 'parking ambassadors' and extortionate parking charges. I wonder if this contributes to the reduction in revenue from parking over the last year and, discourages shoppers from buying from shops in Salisbury? Of course it does. Buses and park and ride are fine, as long as you aren't burdened with shopping, pushchairs, children and lousy weather, then it's impossible. karlmarx

1:41pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Colmanskid says...

So Cllr Rogers is complaint that it's down to over zealous ticketing of people being slightly late back to there cars. Not people parking in disabled spaces that don't have a blue badge or parking on double yellow lines impeding traffic or making it dangerous for pedestrians. Perhaps they should also issue tickets for people who can't park properly and take up two bays like the vans from traders at the market who then abounding them in Central Carpark.
So Cllr Rogers is complaint that it's down to over zealous ticketing of people being slightly late back to there cars. Not people parking in disabled spaces that don't have a blue badge or parking on double yellow lines impeding traffic or making it dangerous for pedestrians. Perhaps they should also issue tickets for people who can't park properly and take up two bays like the vans from traders at the market who then abounding them in Central Carpark. Colmanskid

3:24pm Thu 26 Dec 13

minkleberry says...

Is Swindon not classed as part of Wiltshire any more?
Is Swindon not classed as part of Wiltshire any more? minkleberry

4:07pm Thu 26 Dec 13

JustinSmith says...

Overstaying your allotted time (and getting fined) would not be a problem if the car parks were pay on exit like the one in George Mall.
Overstaying your allotted time (and getting fined) would not be a problem if the car parks were pay on exit like the one in George Mall. JustinSmith

4:17pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Colmanskid says...

JustinSmith wrote:
Overstaying your allotted time (and getting fined) would not be a problem if the car parks were pay on exit like the one in George Mall.
Can't think of any council run Carparks that use a pay on exit system. Probably because they wouldn't make any money from people putting in more than they need as they would have to give change.
Maybe this country needs to go with paying for how much you use instead of paying for whole hours.
Andower lets you pay for extra short if you just popping in for less than an hour why can't Witlshire?
Went to Bournemouth and they were offering £4 for all day on a Saturday in a Carpark based right in the heart of the shopping area.
[quote][p][bold]JustinSmith[/bold] wrote: Overstaying your allotted time (and getting fined) would not be a problem if the car parks were pay on exit like the one in George Mall.[/p][/quote]Can't think of any council run Carparks that use a pay on exit system. Probably because they wouldn't make any money from people putting in more than they need as they would have to give change. Maybe this country needs to go with paying for how much you use instead of paying for whole hours. Andower lets you pay for extra short if you just popping in for less than an hour why can't Witlshire? Went to Bournemouth and they were offering £4 for all day on a Saturday in a Carpark based right in the heart of the shopping area. Colmanskid

8:37pm Thu 26 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

Note:
The residents of Salisbury are not allowed to criticise the council regarding parking charges, revenue, fines etc...
It is seen by some councillors as advertising the benefits of visiting and shopping in other towns and cities nearby.
Although this is actually not the case, it still doesn't deter them from inferring it is.
Note: The residents of Salisbury are not allowed to criticise the council regarding parking charges, revenue, fines etc... It is seen by some councillors as advertising the benefits of visiting and shopping in other towns and cities nearby. Although this is actually not the case, it still doesn't deter them from inferring it is. karlmarx

8:40pm Thu 26 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

minkleberry wrote:
Is Swindon not classed as part of Wiltshire any more?
Almost, the criteria for not being part of Wiltshire is that you have to be in South Wiltshire, unless revenue and income is needed, then you are part of Wiltshire.
[quote][p][bold]minkleberry[/bold] wrote: Is Swindon not classed as part of Wiltshire any more?[/p][/quote]Almost, the criteria for not being part of Wiltshire is that you have to be in South Wiltshire, unless revenue and income is needed, then you are part of Wiltshire. karlmarx

5:34pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Aethernet says...

"Buses and park and ride are fine, as long as you aren't burdened with shopping, pushchairs, children and lousy weather, then it's impossible"

I managed for several years, so it's not impossible. In fact, in some ways it's easier by bus as you can get on and off in the middle of town :)

Don't see what the fuss is about really. People should expect to get a ticket if they choose not to follow the rules.
"Buses and park and ride are fine, as long as you aren't burdened with shopping, pushchairs, children and lousy weather, then it's impossible" I managed for several years, so it's not impossible. In fact, in some ways it's easier by bus as you can get on and off in the middle of town :) Don't see what the fuss is about really. People should expect to get a ticket if they choose not to follow the rules. Aethernet

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