PARKING attendants are poised to hit the streets of East Hampshire.
For the first time, civil enforcement officers will be enforcing parking regulations in Clanfield, Horndean, Rowlands Castle and the Petersfield area.
Until now on-street parking has been the responsibility of Hampshire Police.
East Hampshire is one the last areas in the region for the council to take over on-street parking enforcement.
As reported, residents and drivers have complained about the roads in East Hampshire becoming clogged with cars that have been parked inconsiderately due to lack of enforcement.
The new civil enforcement officers, to start work on April 16, are hoping to reverse this trend.
Civil enforcement officer Malcolm Bray, who has been working in East Hampshire’s car parks for 10 years, said he and his colleagues were looking forward to their new role.
‘This is a new job for us in East Hampshire but we’ve enjoyed our training and we are ready for it,’ he said.
‘We know the people in this district are good folk who want the best for their community and having safer, clearer and less congested roads and town centres is something we all want.
‘We’re just here to make sure everyone plays by the rules. We’re not here to try to catch people out but if people do park illegally then they should expect to receive a ticket.’
The scheme is a partnership between East Hampshire and Havant councils.