New bye-law to stop motorists parking on grass verges to be piloted in Waltham
A NEW bye-law will see motorists that park on grass verges fined up to £500.
The village of Waltham is one of the first to pilot the new scheme which will come into effect from Monday.
New signs explaining the changes will be placed at the entrances and exits of the village.
According to Waltham Parish Council, motorists could be charged a maximum of £500 but for first time offenders the amount is expected to be a lot lower.
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Council chairman Martin Archer said: "We have been bringing this issue up for a number of years now.
"There used to be a bye-law in place which stopped people parking on the verges but it was never transferred when North East Lincolnshire Council was created.
"The signs have been ordered and we are expecting them on Monday.
"Once they are in place the bye-law will come into effect.
"We are also proposing that warning letters are sent out to residents to let them know about the changes."
It is hoped that the restrictions will help improve the image of the village as well as slow traffic down and give pedestrians easier access to pavements and verges.
Resident Ivor Appleton of Danesfield Avenue, Waltham, added: "Parking on the grass verges is a big issue in Waltham.
"My avenue looks like a ploughed field most of the time."
Any money that comes from the fixed penalty notices will go to North East Lincolnshire Council who will be enforcing the byelaw.
Head of development, Jason Longhurst, said: "Motorists ignoring the restrictions will first be given advice and warnings so they are fully aware of where they can and cannot park.
"Full enforcement will then follow.
"The fines issued are in line with fines issued for parking on yellow lines and all monies received are dealt with through our parking services.
"Other town and parish councils are keen to see the introduction of similar restrictions and are waiting to see how the trials go in Immingham, New Waltham and Waltham before formally making a request."
Other trial areas will include Immingham and New Waltham.
Humberside Police, although not directly involved, has supported the scheme.