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Number of fines in Romford Market Place double

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 October 2015

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The number of parking tickets issued in Market Place, Romford, has doubled in the past five years.

In 2014, 1,999 parking tickets were issued – up from 1,008 in 2010, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.

This year, 1,542 tickets have already been issued at the same spot.

Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Robert Benham, said: “The Market Place car park is very popular and the rules are in place to ensure that motorists respect others by using spaces properly and staying within their ticketed time-frame.

“This is a surface-level car park with busy pedestrian access and safety is of great importance.”

Between January 1 and August 31, Havering Council received £1,467,424 from penalty charge notices issued boroughwide, about 80 per cent of last year’s £1,702,592 revenue.

Cllr Benham, said: “The number of penalty charge notices issued in 2015 is roughly in line with previous years and it’s too early to judge the final total. What we have noticed is an increase in the collection and payment rates, which is likely to improve the overall figure.”

In 2014, Havering had the third lowest revenue generated from penalty charge notices according to the RAC Foundation.

From January 1 to September 14, this year, 9,905 appeals against parking tickets issued in the borough were registered and so far 27 have been successful.

In 2014, 11,919 appeals were received by the council, of which 90 were successful.

The main reasons for appeals were blue badge holder exemption, valid pay and display ticket, lack of signage, faded foot way parking bay, broken down vehicle and faulty pay and display machine.

Following a restriction in using CCTV spy-cars for on-street parking, the number of handheld parking tickets has risen from 2,815 to 4,975 at the top five hot spots in the last five years.

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