Red tape holds up plan to bring back traffic wardens to East Hampshire

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PLANS to bring back traffic wardens to an area have been delayed.

East Hampshire District Council is looking to take over on-street parking enforcement after the police stopped paying for wardens last year.

It had been hoped the council would be granted the new powers by the beginning of December.

But the council says it has been held up by red tape at the Department for Transport (DfT).

The target date is now April 16.

Once completed, the new powers will mean the district council will be responsible for on-street parking enforcement, a role it will carry out jointly with Havant Borough Council.

Cllr Andrew Joy, who’s in charge of community issues at the district council, said: ‘We are very disappointed that the transfer of the powers to EHDC will not be made until next April as we had all worked hard to ensure we met our December target.

‘We are in the hands of the DfT on this and we cannot take over legal responsibility for on-street parking from the police until the order is signed by the minister.

‘Improved on-street enforcement within East Hampshire will reduce congestion caused through inconsiderate and illegal parking, a problem that has blighted both Alton and Petersfield in recent years.’

The new scheme will see the district council team up with Havant Borough Council’s existing parking enforcement department in a move that is expected to save both councils more than £40,000 a year.