Poll: Traffic wardens issue almost 40 parking tickets every day in Ipswich

A total of 40,238 tickets were issued between 2011/12 and 2013/14 - an average of 37 every day, the figures released by Ipswich Borough Council under Freedom of Infroamtion laws showed. A total of 40,238 tickets were issued between 2011/12 and 2013/14 - an average of 37 every day, the figures released by Ipswich Borough Council under Freedom of Infroamtion laws showed.

Friday, July 18, 2014
3:58 PM

Almost 40 parking tickets are issued every day in Ipswich – with drivers paying more than £1million in fines in the last three years, it can be revealed.

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Traffic wardens have swooped on more than 40,000 illegally parked vehicles in the town since 2011, figures obtained by the Star also show.

And the borough council is still chasing up more than 2,000 unpaid tickets, worth more than £180,000.

The news comes as the Government takes steps to make it easier and cheaper for drivers to park in town centres and put a stop to the mass exodus of shoppers fleeing the high street to shop online or visit out-of-town retail parks which boast free parking.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, previously claimed local authorities are using motorists as “cash cows” – and is aiming to make town centres more attractive for shoppers.

Under new rules, drivers will be given a 10-minute grace period after their parking tickets expire before being fined to stop wardens from making the high street 
a no-go zone, while people and businesses can demand a review of parking in their area, including charges and the use of yellow lines.

Mr Pickles said: “Over-zealous parking enforcement and unreasonable stealth fines by post undermine the high street, push up the cost of living and cost local authorities more in the long-term.”

There are 12 full-time traffic enforcement officers in Ipswich. The borough council says unsafe parking needs to be penalised to protect people’s safety, make the town more attractive for traders and shoppers, help fund council services and relieve pressure on council taxes.

A total of 40,238 tickets were issued between 2011/12 and 2013/14 - an average of 37 every day, the figures released by Ipswich Borough Council under Freedom of Infroamtion laws showed.

The council received £1.14m from these penalty charge notices.

At the end of the last financial year, 2,127 tickets had not been paid – worth £181,465.68. It is thought the majority of these will be successfully pursued by the council.

In addition, over the last three years the council has cancelled 3,853 tickets.

Last night, Carole Jones, the borough’s portfolio-holder economic development, said the authority is “committed” to helping businesses in the town centre.

She said the Quids-In campaign providing cheap afternoon parking and discounted bus fares into the town centre has had a “positive impact”.

Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement said: “Visitors into the town centre are its life blood so we need to do everything possible to bring them in.

“The Quids-In campaign which offers parking for £1 after 3pm is a great example of a promotion that has seen significant increases in use of the participating car parks in this period.”

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman added: “We have a rigorous enforcement policy and comprehensive appeals process and will continue to seek recovery of outstanding fines whenever it is possible to do.

“The outstanding debt for this year will recede as we progress. Our message to motorists is simple: don’t flout the law and you will not face a fine.”

19 comments

  • Let the reporter spend a week with parking officers, sure they would see it in a different light, instead of winding people up with rubbish headlines, when will people learn don't park on yellow lines and get back to ya car on time. so so simple. why come in to the town half empty shopping centres, pound shop golden mile, betting and charity shops all over. St peters street is great, all the little shops down there are smart clean and looked after.

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    KP

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • I am disappointed that none of you have noticed the new infroamation we have been able to see and been able to see twice???

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    Dom

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • Considering the amount of bloody awful parking around Ipswich, if they're only issuing 40 a day I can only assume they spend most of their days in a cafe. They could probably issue that many for blocking the pavement just here on Levington Road.

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    beerlover

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • A couple of years ago there was a faded single yellow line about the length of a car in Austin Street....sandwiched between a long line of parked cars.. The rest of the road on this side was free to park. So...when the road was full of parked cars and you reversed into just one space left you actually parked on top of this faded yellow line covered in dirt. Of course I appealed......that was rejected. The ironic thing was that the Council promptly had the new yellow line painted within a few days and extended to the length of about 6 cars.....Bunch of cheats only after your money !!

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    chantry

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • The posts about schools are correct. I live by stone lodge lane west and it is like an assault course. Kier are working on the buildings as the moment and have put 'no school waiting ' signs up but the parents dump theircars right in front of them.

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    Sentinel Red

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • It is a pity they do not go down Dogs Head St and book the cars coming down as they are not allowed to which holds the cabs and buses up.

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    kev70

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Id like to know how the fines collected compare to the cost of collection and the cost of having wardens. I bet it still results in use of the public purse.

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    Rory Breaker

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • IanW

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I was a while ago parked in a cul-de-sac, totally housing area, I was about 4 ft overhanging double yellows. (nowhere else to park) I wasn't an obstruction in any way, and got a ticket at 06.43am on a Sat. and they claim it's not for the money? This council has killed what little was left of Ipswich, What have we got... now look at Norwich, or Colchester or even Bury for shopping. I only live 10min walk from the cornhill but 90% my shopping is online because I can't find what I want in the town. Sad days indeed

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    scrooge

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Surely it's not that difficult to grasp - park legally and you won't get a fine, it's not rocket science! Agree with the comment about schools, it's amazing how irresponsible and downright stupid some parents really are yet they don't think they're doing anything wrong!

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    MZH

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • If people didn't park on yellow lines the tickets wouild not be issued.

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • They haven't been traffic wardens for some time. Civil Enforcement Officer is the title which should have been used for a correct article.

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    helterskelter

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I would like to know the breakdown between street fines and those punished for slightly overstaying on their pay and display.

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    Just Me

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Is it rue that traffic wardens only issue 3 tickets each a day? What a lazy bunch.

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    Lee Davies

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I would love to know why if as stated yellow lines are for safety and to keep traffic moving there is a single yellow line outside my house on St John's Road. It's clearly not for safety as it's only the upper part of the road, the lower part where you can only get one car down has none. People have been ticked so many times for stopping outside there own houses which are over a mile from town.

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    Winston Dawson

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I'm disappointed with that figure, Yes it's good extra income for the council but they could do better than that, even double it. Why do they always go around in pairs? They don't need to buy any more vans, just drop one off to walk around the roads near the hospital for a couple of hours each day,then move to nearby schools at pick off and drop off time. There must fruitful pickings in other areas of town too.

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    Big Spot

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • "There are 12 full-time traffic enforcement officers in Ipswich" That means that each person is only actually giving 3 fines per day! Seems quite low to me, the money from the fines must barely cover the wages for the 12 full time wardens.

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    RC

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Why put 40 in the headline when it's actually 37? What's wrong with just putting 37?

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    RC

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Perhaps they should take a break from enforcing parking times at the town center, and spend a few weeks patrolling smaller residential roads... they could give 40 tickets out a day just during the school run times to inconsiderate parents who are too lazy to walk to school to pick their little darlings up, and don't care howwhere they park as long as it is convenient for them.....

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    DaveHedgehog

    Friday, July 18, 2014

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