A total of 180 tickets have been handed out to motorists for parking illegally in Haverhill High Street since the issue was once again made a priority by the town’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
Clamping down on motorists who park on double yellow lines or who obstruct the pavement with their vehicles was adopted by the SNT as one of its three main priorities following a public vote on December 9.
In the ensuing 42 days the 180 fixed penalty notices have been given out - equivalent to 4.28 per day - with each motorist having to pay a £30 fine.
PCSO Les Scott, who is part of Haverhill SNT and has particular responsibility for covering the town centre, has given out many of the tickets himself.
The tickets, he said, have been issued for a mixture of parking on double yellow lines and causing an unnecessary obstruction.
He also moved to dispel any thoughts people may have that having a blue badge exempts vehicle owners who park on the pavement.
He said: “It doesn’t matter whether you have got a disability badge or not. If you are parking on the pavement you will get a ticket.”
The High Street is closed to traffic between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, unless you are making a delivery or picking up or have a blue badge.
It is closed during those hours on Saturdays because the market is on but is open to traffic on Sundays.
PCSO Scott went on to day: “Up until 10am and after 4pm they can go down there but between those times it is a no-go area.
“I think the message is if you are parking down the town expect to get a ticket unless you have a blue badge.”
Although vehicles can be parked on double yellow lines it is only permitted for the purposes of picking up and dropping off or setting down.
Police officers will always use their discretion, added PCSO Scott, and will allow vehicles to stay on the yellow lines for a few minutes, but drivers have to be sensible and realise they cannot leave their vehicles there for a long time.
“We will just continue giving out tickets until the public says it’s no longer a priority,” he said.
“We can’t turn our backs on it. It’s what the public wants us to do.”
High Street parking has long been an issue in Haverhill and was a priority for the three months leading up to December 9.
The SNT will retain the issue as a priority until its next public meeting takes place on March 10.
•The SNT has two other priorities; Vehicles speeding along Duddery Hill and other main routes into the town, including the bypass, Chivers Road and Bergamot Road and cyclists not having lights on their bikes and not wearing high visibility clothing.
A number of cyclists have already been stopped for not having lights on their bikes. Failure to do so can result in a £50 fixed penalty notice.