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Hotspots for parking fines revealed as Havering Council hands out 40,000 fines within 12 months

16:05 23 September 2016

Parking tickets on a car in a railway station.

Parking tickets on a car in a railway station.

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Parking fines handed out to drivers in the borough have more than doubled in the space of five years.

FIGURES IN THE PAST

2014/15 top hotspot streets:

Angel Way, Romford:

979 fines issued

£46,303 paid

£49,247 outstanding

Hildene Avenue, Harold Hill:

539 fines issued

£17,291 paid

£2,733 outstanding

Slaney Road, Romford:

498 fines issued

£18,472 paid

£6,185 outstanding

2013/14 top hotspot streets:

Angel Way, Romford:

490 fines issued

£26,245 paid

£4,495 outstanding

Slaney Road, Romford:

456 fines issued

£19,670 paid

£1,143 outstanding

The Mews, Romford:

398 fines issued

£18,213 paid

£2,723 outstanding

2012/13 top hotspot streets:

Angel Way, Romford:

504 fines issued

£27.176 paid

£404 outstanding

The Mews, Romford:

343 fines issued

£16,022 paid

£0 outstanding

Corbets Tey Road, Upminster:

322 fines issued

£13,403 paid

£172 outstanding

2011/12 top hotspot streets:

Corbets Tey Road,Upminster:

665 fines issued

£26,171 paid

£0 outstanding

Angel Way, Romford:

495 fines issued

£23,679 paid

£0 outstanding

Carter Drive, Collier Row:

436 fines issued

£16,622 paid

£0 outstanding

Havering Council says a “committed response” to parking complaints has led to £1.9m in parking charges being issued in the last financial year – with £863,000 still unpaid.

Figures obtained by the Recorder under the Freedom of Information Act show 41,133 penalties were handed out across the borough in 2015/16.

Car parks in Romford saw by far the most offences, with Market Place and Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way collecting 2,084 and 1,463 tickets respectively.

These were followed closely by Oldchurch Rise car park which amassed 1,308 tickets.

Map of the the borough's hotspots for parking fines.Map of the the borough's hotspots for parking fines.

The three car parks alone brought in £169,445 for the council during 2015/16 with £54,337 worth of tickets still remaining unpaid.

Figures obtained show in the space of five years, fines handed out by wardens in Havering have more than doubled with only 19,630 issued in 2011/12.

Between 2011/12 and 2014/15, Havering Council made just over £3.5m from parking fines which the council says is re-invested into road improvements.

A Havering Council spokesman said: “We are committed to responding to public complaints about parking, which is one of the main issues in the borough.

“To this end we have invested in enforcing parking issues to ensure the borough is safe and people can move through it.

“We have six years in which to recover an outstanding Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and where possible, outstanding penalties are referred to an enforcement agent (formally bailiffs) for the debt to be recovered.

In response to the same streets being ticketed the most by wardens, the spokesman said parking enforcement locations were in accordance with the guidelines.

The amount of traffic wardens employed by the council to patrol the borough has increased by eight in the space of five years with 23 operating in 2015/16.

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