A Parking warden will return to patrol Gosport later this month including both Gosport and Lee on Solent High Streets to the relief of traders. After years of no on-street parking enforcement, careless drivers will no longer be able to outstay their welcome in Gosport’s one-hour bays.
People who park recklessly on double yellow lines throughout the Borough will also be targeted.
In January Gosport Borough Council and Hampshire County Council struck a deal with Hampshire Constabulary over the reintroduction of a parking warden in the borough. We have each agreed to pay £15,000 a year for the police to reintroduce parking patrols.
The leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, said somebody had been hired and was undergoing checks. Cllr Hook said: "The Police have selected somebody and at the moment they are going through the checks. There have been so many safety concerns about irresponsible parking and people parking on double yellow lines."
Gosport Borough Council is powerless to enforce on-street parking in the town because it is the legal responsibility of the police. It means enforcement of on-street parking can only be done by police officers or traffic wardens.