No fines for year in permit zone

Parking permit holders on Tennyson Road, Kettering, are annoyed that no parking tickets have been handed out in the past twelve months because of line inaccuracies. Pictured is resident Mandy Hall and her family, and neighbour.

Parking permit holders on Tennyson Road, Kettering, are annoyed that no parking tickets have been handed out in the past twelve months because of line inaccuracies. Pictured is resident Mandy Hall and her family, and neighbour.

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Fines have not been handed out to motorists flouting the law in some streets despite residents’ parking schemes being in place.

Both Tennyson Road and Green Lane in Kettering are designated residents’ parking only.

But the police traffic warden, who is employed by Kettering Council, had been unable to issue fines as Northamptonshire County Council inaccurately painted road markings on, a problem which came to light a year ago.

The issue was only resolved last Friday with the county council repainting the lines correctly – but residents feel they are due a refund.

Mandy Hall, 36, of Tennyson Road, said: “This will make the world of difference. It’s brilliant that tickets can now be handed out, but I still feel we should get a refund. They’ve been asking for money for a service they don’t provide.

“This has been going on for 12 months. We’ve been paying to park outside our house but we haven’t been able to.”

Normal service was resumed on the two streets on Friday, July, 13, with the traffic warden handing out two fines.

Adam Ford, 42, of Tennyson Road, said: “It’s a relief as it’s been so frustrating watching people park here.

“I think we’re entitled to a refund. We’ve been paying for something and we’ve not been getting the service.”

Caroline Kelly, 31, of Green Lane, said: “It’s been a free-for-all down here.”

But Shirley Plenderleith, head of environmental health at Kettering Council, said there won’t be any refunds and added: “Any fees, currently £15, reflect an administration fee for the issue of a permit to park in the zone and are not reflective of enforcement costs.”