An official Vale of Glamorgan council report alleges that the so-called “Civil Enforcement Officers” who police parking in Penarth are being “lenient” to some drivers – but not to others .
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s five strong ‘cabinet’ is about to consider a report on the performance of its Civil Enforcement Officers who are employed by Bridgend Country Borough Council but provide parking patrols throughout the Vale – including Penarth.
Despite the worsening parking congestion in Penarth, the number of tickets issued by the Enforcement Officers is continuing to decline. The annual totals issued have fallen 20% in the three years since since they began work. The number of tickets issued each year was:-
- 2013/14 8,547
- 2014/15 7,128
- 2015/16 6,903
Vale Councillors had previously expressed “concerns” about the way the system was operating – and one thought that the number of tickets issued in the Vale was “extremely low” when compared with the highly profitable parking enforcement regime in Merthyr Tydfil.
Casting envious glances at the tiny Merthyr authority the Vale Council report notes that Merthyr’s tough parking enforcement regime issues 17,000 PCN notices every year – triple the number issued in the Vale – and, what’s more , rakes in a “significant profit”. [The original agreement between the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend Council lays down that the “business case was to be self-financing and not for profit.“]
The report also cites an allegation that preferential treatment is being given to some parking offenders in Penarth.
The document says “Some Members raised concern as to perceived issues in the Penarth area where it appeared enforcement officers were being lenient to some members of the public more than others particularly in loading bay spaces.”
It’s now being proposed that a complete review of the Vale Parking Enforcement arrangements is carried out.