Tuesday, 8 December 2009


Local drivers have felt the weight of the law over illegal parking, following complaints from local people and businesses in Margate.

Concerns were raised about the issue at meetings of the Central Margate Partners and Communities Together (PACT) Panel and from traders in Margate High Street. Driving up the High Street is illegal after 10am and before 4pm, unless you have permission.

Parking at any time in the pedestrian area of the High Street is also not permitted. If anyone is seen doing either, then they risk being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

As a result, Margate Neighbourhood Team Police and Civil Enforcement Officers from Thanet District Council worked together in a joint operation to target the High Street. 14 Fixed Penalty Notices of £30 each were issued by Police for driving offences and three penalty charge notices of £35 each were issued by Civil Enforcement Officers for parking offences.

Lacy Dixon from the Thanet Community Safety Partnership said: "Local people and businesses wanted action taken on this issue and that's exactly what we've done. Hopefully, following this crackdown and, with increased publicity about the issue, drivers will be deterred from driving up the High Street between 10am and 4pm or parking at any time."

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