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Parking Wardens - what's their true purpose?

As I'm sure everyone is aware, during rush hour traffic the streets around st annes are pretty busy.

I was driving to the gym at tea time and noticed that the same car is always parked in the same place outside the Olive Tree on Orchard road.
This car was causing real traffic problems.

Often as I drive past the Olive tree at rush hour there are cars parked outside on the double yellow lines causing chaos.

I have never ever seen one of these cars with as fixed penalty notice but then again I have never seen a traffic warden booking cars that are causing problems for everyone else.

Instead I always see traffic wardens hanging around the metered parking areas on the forecourt of the local shops - why?

These cars are in dedicated parking bays and regardless of whether they have paid or not, they are not causing any problems to traffic or pedestrians.

So what is the role of the traffic wardens - is it to enforce safety on our roads for illegally parked cars or is it to simply hang around parking meters waiting to grab a few pounds in fines?

I approached a parking warden today and told her of the obstruction on orchard road - see just simply chose to ignore me and walked off.

Oh by the way she was hanging around the parking bays that service the shops!!!!
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  • Dear Dave,

    Thank you for your query. Regarding areas that different Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs, commonly called traffic wardens) can enforce on the key issue is who legally operates and controls different areas of land. Any on-street parking, whether in the town centre or residential streets, is controlled by Lancashire County Council's Parking Services. Fylde Borough Council has no control or legal right to take any action over parking on the street. As such the CEOs who enforce these areas are under the authority of Lancashire County Council.

    Fylde Borough Council owns and operates several car parks across the Borough with charged car parks being located in Lytham and St Annes. It is on these areas of land that CEOs who are under the direction of Fylde Borough Council are lawfully allowed to operate. Their purpose is to ensure that users of the car parks meet the terms and conditions of use as displayed on the car park's tariff board and supported by the relevant legal documents.

    With regard the CEOs apparently 'hanging around' to 'grab a few pounds', part of the legal process of issuing a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), which is a legal document in itself, is that for certain contraventions (which are stipulated by central government) they are required to observe a vehicle before issuing the PCN for a certain length of time. It may appear that they are hanging around ready to pounce but this period of time is part of the legal process.

    I hope this explains the differences in the two types of CEOs which operate in Lytham St Annes. Regretably, as the enforcement of parking is a legal issue, neither type can intervene in the other's area of operation so Fylde Borough Council CEOs are unable to take action on issues affecting on-street parking. I will however direct your issue of the vehicle causing an obstruction on Orchard Road to Lancashire Parking Services so that they are aware of the problem.

    Regards

    Andrew Loynd
    Principal Parking and Energy Officer
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  • Thanks Andrew

    Could you tell me if the parking wardens run by lancs county council are dedicated to st annes i.e. they know the local area and the associated problems?
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  • Hi Dave,

    Although i do not know the CEOs under Lancashire Parking Services personally I do recognise many of them and know that at least one or two of them have operated across Lytham St Annes for many years. As such I would expect that they would know the area and associated issues quite well.

    Regards

    Andrew Loynd
    Principal Parking and Energy Officer
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  • Hi Dave,

    We have flagged this up to Lancashire County Council (LCC) but we can’t guarantee that they will respond using the forum.

    So if you need a response to the issues around LCC parking wardens you will need to contact them direct.

    Sorry we can help.
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