Illegal parking warning

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DRIVERS are being warned not to fall foul of new parking regulations on a busy shopping street.

Durham County Councillor Rob Crute, who represents Blackhall, wants to make motorists aware that double yellow lines in Middle Street are now enforceable and people parking on them could be fined up to £70.

In 2008, he warned of similar regulations after drivers parked unchallenged on broken yellow lines, which had then been given a lick of paint.

But the lines were not enforceable as they were not “ended off” with markers where the lines came to an end.

The lines have been completed and Coun Crute is issuing a warning, along with Lynda Wardle, clerk of Monk Hesleden Parish Council.

Coun Crute said: “Rather than them being fined, I want to make people aware of the changes and urge them to look for alternative parking.

“We don’t want people to get fined. We want people to come to Blackhall and use the shops.”

He said there is a possibility that a private company will take over enforcement of fines from the police, who previously held responsibility.