WATCH out poor parkers – the wardens are coming.
The enforcers are due to start patrolling the streets of Seaham, Easington and Chester-le-Street from Monday, November 7, as the responsibility for ticketing moves over from the police to Durham County Council.
The authority had been due to take over responsibilities in Seaham in April, but was hit by a delay as it waited for permission from the Department for Transport.
Drivers are being urged to ensure they follow the rules and park legally.
An enforcement contractor for the council, the wardens will have the power to issue penalty charge notices to those who breach the law.
The penalties are fixed at £70 and reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.
Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Motorists who park illegally create an unsafe environment, or cause a nuisance and obstruct other people going about their daily business.
“The vast majority of residents and visitors park within the rules, keeping clear of yellow lines and ensuring they have valid pay and display tickets. These people will not notice any difference.
“We introduced a similar scheme in Durham City in 2008 and since that time there has been a significant drop in the number of incidents of people parking illegally.
”By taking over this role we also ensure that any income raised from penalty notices is reinvested in our county and does not go in to a central fund.”
Anyone who wants further information on the changes can call the Parking Services Team on 383 5551.