Huntingdonshire District Council’s Cabinet has agreed to progress civil parking enforcement in Huntingdonshire. This move will see the District Council assume parking enforcement responsibility for on-street (yellow line) offences.

Enforcement of on-street parking is currently the responsibility of the police but the demand on police resources means that parking issues often don’t receive the attention that residents expect, leaving ongoing parking problems unresolved. A recent study found that Huntingdonshire suffers from high levels of non-compliance with its on-street parking restrictions.

Local councils can seek permission from the government to adopt the powers for civil parking enforcement, and following the Cabinet’s agreement we will now work with Cambridgeshire County Council to submit an application to the Department for Transport. If this application is approved, all on and off-street parking in Huntingdonshire’s towns and villages will, in the future, be enforced by the District Council.

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Ryan Fuller said: "Although on-street parking enforcement is the responsibility of the police, persistent inconsiderate parking continues to concern Huntingdonshire residents, many of whom have expressed a desire to see more enforcement than the police can currently offer. Civil parking enforcement (CPE) is a discretionary activity that will cost the council money to deliver but my Cabinet and I believe it is the right thing to do to both free up police resources and to respond to what local residents are asking for. Taking on CPE ourselves enables the council to better tackle existing parking issues and to manage parking across the district in line with what our residents expect."