At last week’s Council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillors proposed that Wokingham Borough Council take control of enforcing parking restrictions and tackle the issue of inconsiderate parking in the Borough once and for all. Wokingham’s council is one of very few that relies on the police to provide parking enforcement but the police do not have the resources to deal with it.
Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) said “This is a problem across the Borough and many councillors have received complaints or concerns from residents about anti-social parking in their area. Problems range from long term parking where commuters park all day, or short term inconsiderate parking outside of schools in the morning or evening rush hours. The current situation where any action on parking enforcement is dependent upon Thames Valley Police support is no longer sustainable. We believe now is the time to review this relationship and decriminalise parking in this area as soon as practically possible. We realise there will be costs involved and that it will take some time to organise, but we believe our long suffering residents deserve better.”
Cllr Dee Tomlin (Twyford ward) added “I am pleased that the Conservatives have seen sense and supported our proposal and will consult with residents. But I am concerned that they will take their time and then hide behind an unnecessarily drawn out consultation to delay doing anything as they have been avoiding this problem for years. The Lib Dems have been pushing for improvements to enforcement for years and we will not let them off the hook – our residents want to see an end to the nightmare this illegal and inconsiderate parking causes them.”