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Parking restrictions to be clearer for motorists

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

19/02/13 Goods Yard location shot, Stortford - Bishop's Stortford 19/02/13 Unauthorised car Park in former Goods Yard at Railway Station, Bishops Stortford. General views.Pic: Vikki Lince

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ALTERATIONS to off-street parking are set to be in place by early June across the Derbyshire Dales.

A meeting of the Derbyshire Dales District Council’s environment committee tomorrow will debate whether to tighten the off-street parking policy across the district.

Council officers have recommended the creation of a new Off-Street Parking Places Order, removing ambiguities in the current order which was put into place in 2008.

The recommendation follows a rise in parking fines issued by the district council which have later been cancelled by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

Many Penalty Charge Notices are appealed against on the basis that parking rules are unclear.

Apeals can be taken to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, which can direct council’s to cancel fines and remove ambiguities in their parking orders.

The current parking policy is not expected to alter, although the district council is planning a series of improvements to make parking restrictions easier to understand, including double yellow lines and yellow hatched areas.

The Off-Street Parking Order will be debated at a meeting of the environment committee tomorrow at 6pm at Matlock Town Hall.

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