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Are traffic wardens scaring Tendring's tourists away?
4:30pm Saturday 19th January 2013 in News
COUNCIL bosses claim heavy-handed traffic wardens are frightening tourists away from Tendring's Sunshine Coast.
Almost 5,800 motorists were fined for on-street parking offences last year.
The tickets raised nearly £160,000 for North Essex Parking Partnership which took over the enforcement of on-street parking in April 2011.
Tendring Council, which still polices its own car parks, handed out just 805 tickets – raising £17,700 – last year.
Cabinet spokesman Nick Turner said: “These figures show that the partnership and Tendring Council are not fully aligned.
“The policy of Tendring is for a car-friendly district and the enforcement officers are there to offer advice, such as where not to park.
“We want a light touch to keep traffic moving.
“The 18 per cent increase in penalty notices and a 61 per cent increase in successful appeals, plus a 26 per cent increase in fines paid for by our residents, visitors and guests, shows a differing set of priorities.”
Council leader Peter Halliday was also worried about the effect it could have on visitors to the coast.
Tourism is worth a massive £360million to Tendring.
"We want to welcome people to our towns - not slap them with a ticket as soon as they turn up," he said.
The North Essex Parking Partnership is run by Colchester Council and County Hall.
A spokesman said: “The partnership enforces all parking and waiting restrictions across the partnership area to help ensure safe traffic flow, reduce congestion and maximise availability for those wishing to park.”