Penarth’s Windsor Road has retained its position as one of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s most lucrative parking-penalty streets.
Windsor Road has once again come second only to Holton Road, Barry, for the number of motorists fined for infringing the Labour-run Vale Council’s delphic parking restrictions – according to a new internal council report which contains the latest official parking offence “league table” for the financial year 2015/16 :-
(1) Holton Road, Barry – 875
(2) Windsor Road, Penarth – 489
(3) Paget Road, Barry – 419
Windsor Road was also the Vale’s second biggest earner in the previous year 2014/15 – when it again was runner-up to Holton Road, Barry.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been responsible for the enforcement of most on-street and off-street parking regulations in Penarth and throughout the Vale since April 1 2013 under a scheme called “Civil Parking Enforcement” (CPE). The “parking enforcement regime” is run on behalf of the Vale Council by Bridgend County Borough.
The so-called “self-financing” scheme generates a modest profit for the Vale of Glamorgan despite its paying £171,605 a year to Bridgend Council to provide the service. Some fairly hefty – and unspecified – charges are set also against the Vale’s parking-fine revenue including “supplies and services”, “overheads” and premises costs . For 2015/16 the total costs and income for the service were :
Vale Employee Costs £9,811
Supplies and Services £36,527
Payments to Bridgend Council £171,605
Income – £240,315
Surplus – £17,212
The Vale Council has refused requests from local residents on Twitter to reveal just how many parking enforcement officers it has patrolling the Vale . However the facts are that is has a total of 5 civil enforcement officers covering the Vale from the Alps Depot in Wenvoe – all of whom are on Bridgend Council’s payroll. An additional “seasonal officer” also patrols all the Vale’s coastal car parks during the summer.
The Vale Council has also mooted the idea of deploying additional officers to “manage off street town centre car parking” [i.e. car parks] where the introduction of pay-and-display charges were being considered , but the council report says the idea has been dropped following “extensive consultation with local traders and businesses”.
From April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2016 a total of 22,578 motorists in the Vale have been have been booked for parking.
Year No. of Notices Issued Formal Appeals Successful Appeals 2013/14 8,547 130 67
2014/15 7,128 97 33
2015/16 6,903 74 28
Total 22,578 301 128