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MORE than 270 parking fines have been given out since a new parking enforcement scheme started last month.

East Hampshire District Council took over on-street parking enforcement from the police on April 16.

A total of 273 notices were given out, with 151 in Petersfield and 16 across the southern parishes of Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle.

East Hampshire was one of the last authorities to take over parking enforcement from the police.

With limited police resources to enforce parking, there were complaints over the last two years that drivers were being allowed to park dangerously across the area, particularly on double yellow lines.

Council officials said the new scheme was good for local businesses.

Councillor Hilary Ayer, who oversees parking, said: ‘We have received positive feedback from residents and motorists about the impact of the new parking enforcement.

‘Our civil enforcement officers are getting to know the areas and are beginning to understand where the hot spots are.

‘Without cars overstaying in limited time bays there are a lot more spaces for people.’

The parking enforcement team is shared with Havant Borough Council in a money-saving deal.