Babergh leader keen to see transfer of parking enforcement powers from police to district council
New legislation to transfer parking enforcement powers to local authorities will be key to meeting the challenge of accommodating visitors to Babergh market towns and villages, according to the district council.
A civil parking enforcement (CPE) order, which would enable the transfer of power from police to district and borough councils in Suffolk, is expected to be laid before the House of Commons in October.
The order will take effect beginning in January 2020, providing there are no objections from MPs within 40 days of the legislation being put forward.
Concerns about the levels of parking enforcement in town centres, including Sudbury, have been raised for several years, with unlawful parking in disabled bays in Gainsborough Street cited as a problem area.
Cllr John Ward, leader of Babergh District Council, said: “Our vision for parking, as part of our Joint Area Parking Plan with Mid Suffolk, is to allow parking where possible and control parking where necessary.
“Accommodating car users in our historic market towns and villages is always a challenge, but with our Suffolk public sector partners, we have agreed that the adoption of CPE must happen.
“This legislation is the next step towards achieving this, transferring the powers from central to local government.
“The results of our Joint Area Parking Plan consultation are being analysed and a report will be presented to cabinet early in autumn.
“It will set out our priorities moving forward, and builds on the Suffolk Parking Management Strategy.”