What changes are taking place?

Following endorsement by Scrutiny and Cabinet earlier in 2021, we will be pursuing the goal of civil parking enforcement within the district.

The District Council would like to see the scheme implemented by the summer of 2023.

This position has achieved the formal support of Cambridgeshire County Council, but the achievable date of implementation is currently under review by Cambridgeshire County Council.

What is civil parking enforcement?

On-street parking offences within the district are currently a criminal offence, which means that enforcement is the responsibility of the police.

Civil parking enforcement (CPE) is the outcome of the decriminalisation process which sees a new civil enforcement area (CEA) created under the Traffic Management Act 2004. View a map of all current CEAs in England.

The overall responsibility for signs and lines, on-street parking and related permits falls to the Highways Authority (Cambridgeshire County Council) in accordance with the Traffic Management Act 2004. However, the day-to-day enforcement powers will be delegated to Huntingdonshire District Council under an Agency Agreement.

Steps towards civil parking enforcement

Recognising the benefits of civil parking enforcement to residents, a working group of Cambridgeshire County and Huntingdonshire District Council officers are engaged in preparation for the scheme, with the District Council covering the following costs:

  • funding to repair and install the current signs and lines on our roads

  • costs to support the ongoing operation of civil parking enforcement.

Works being undertaken include:

  • informal consultation with the police, ambulance and fire

  • development of the Agency Agreement covering the District and County Councils' relationship

  • a review of the condition of signs and lines in place across the district.

The condition review will be used to estimate the cost of the repair of signs and lines. This cost will be presented alongside the Agency Agreement before signing, so that an informed decision can be made.

When the Agency Agreement is confirmed the following works will begin:

  • statutory consultation

  • corrective works to bring the signs and lines up to the required standard

  • the Department for Transport application to establish the Civil Enforcement Area.

Department for Transport (DfT) Draft Application

This is a DfT document submitted by the County Council to form a civil enforcement area (CEA) within the district. This document specifies the area enforcement will take place and confirm to the DfT the arrangements in place for managing the scheme.

This will be brought to the Cabinet for information/comment via Scrutiny, once completed.