He promised clampdown on illegal parking in Wisbech - and latest efforts confirm new police and crime commissioner is as good as his word

PUBLISHED: 15:47 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 30 June 2016

A car parked on the pavement in High Street.

A car parked on the pavement in High Street.

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Police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite confirmed he will keep an election promise to clamp down on illegal parking in Wisbech.

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Councillor Jason AblewhiteCambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Councillor Jason Ablewhite

Police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite confirmed he will keep an election promise to clamp down on illegal parking in Wisbech.

But he told his police and crime panel he would need to maintain a balance with other priorities for the force.

A timeline of bad parking in Wisbech

April 11: Nine fixed penalty notices issued in Wisbech as police clamp down on bad parking

April 21: Fifteen fixed penalty notices issued to vehicles at North Brink, Old Market and York Row yesterday morning.

April 23: Parking tickets and police presence help clear High Street, Wisbech

May 3: Police issue warning about the problems that emergency services can face due to inconsiderate and illegally parked vehicles

May 16: Officers have issued a number of fixed penalty tickets for incorrect parking

May 18: At least four parking tickets issued in High Street, Wisbech

May 20: Tickets issued on Church Terrace in the taxi ranks outside the Wheatsheef Public House

May 24: PCSOs dealing with illegally parked cars in High Street, Hill Street, North Brink and Union Street, Wisbech

June 4: Centre of Wisbech blocked off after ambulance answering 999 call clipped protruding scaffold because of illegally parked car

June 15: Police issue penalties to illegally parked cars

June 21: Thirty tickets issued to illegally parked cars in just one morning

June 30: Ten fixed penalty notices issued for illegally parked cars around town centre.

Cllr Ablewhite made his commitment on parking during a hustings meeting at the Oasis Centre, Wisbech, on the eve of the police commissioner elections.

Wisbech Police in recent weeks has launched an all out campaign to encourage people to park properly by, at times, issuing up to 15 fixed penalty tickets a day.

Police issuing penaltys to illegally parked cars on June 15Police issuing penaltys to illegally parked cars on June 15

Coincidentally on the day Cllr Ablewhite was addressing the panel, police in Wisbech were using their Facebook page to detail their latest blitz.

“Local officers have been proactively dealing with community concerns which include parking in the town centre,” they wrote. “Ten fixed penalty notices were issued for illegally parked cars around the town centre.”

Police issuing penaltys to illegally parked cars on June 15Police issuing penaltys to illegally parked cars on June 15

In a report to the panel Cllr Ablewhite wrote: “Concerns over careless parking or anti-social behaviour which affects individuals and local communities have to be balanced against resources required to deal with child abuse cases, serious sexual offences, domestic violence and counter terrorism.

“The ability to build capacity which is responsive to the changing nature of crimes and threats faced nationally and internationally, whilst at the same time focussing on delivering priorities that reflect the concerns of local people, will inevitably be challenging for the police service as a whole.”

PCSOs dealing with illegally parked cars in WisbechPCSOs dealing with illegally parked cars in Wisbech

He added: “Nonetheless, I am committed to protecting frontline policing, delivering an appropriate and proportionate policing response, and importantly putting the vulnerable and victims of crime first.”


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