Careless car parking in Boston to be targeted by police
A PLEA has been made for more considerate car parking in Boston town centre.
Boston Borough Council says that in recent months there has been an increasing trend in parking on double yellow lines, in loading bays and on bends.
Buses have had to be diverted to avoid blockages caused by bad parking and delivery drivers have had difficulty in making drop-offs.
The problem is occurring all over town although particular issues have arisen in the Market Place where drivers continue to park in areas outside of the newly-marked bays.
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Council economic development manager Ian Martin said: "There are 3,500 spaces in Boston where drivers can legally park. Most drivers know when they are parking illegally.
"It can't be worth risking a £60 fine when there are plenty of spaces where they can park free from risk and worry free.
"We just want people to behave sensibly, responsibly and considerately, if only because it's the law."
Boston Neighbourhood Policing Team supervisor Sergeant Gary Joynes told the Target his officers were actively taking action against motorists who park illegally in the town centre.
He pointed out 120 tickets were issued in West Street alone during a month-long crackdown in that area after it was identified as a particular issue.
Sgt Joynes said officers were looking to combine education with enforcement especially when it came to the Market Place in order to give motorists the chance to get accustomed to the new layout.
But he stressed there would be zero tolerance when illegally parked vehicles were causing a dangerous hazard or an obstruction.
Responsibility for on-street parking is set to be transferred from the police to Lincolnshire County Council in the autumn.
And borough council portfolio holder for car parks Derek Richmond said: "Any perceived honeymoon period will soon be over.
"On-street parking will be enforced. We are sounding this reminder now so that motorists still have a little time to adopt better practice and get used to the idea that stricter car parking enforcement will be coming to Boston."