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Thatcham parking penalties down from last year

£10,000 collected from 415 contraventions in the town

John Herring

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THE number of people handed parking fines in Thatcham has fallen. 

West Berkshire Council issued 415 Penalty Charge notices in the town during 2014/15 and made £10,140 in the process. 

This compares with 837 fines being issued in the previous year, a drop of 50.4 per cent. The 837 fines generated £18,473.  

The fines are divided into two categories. People breaching a higher level contravention must pay a £70 fine, while £50 is charged for lower level.  

Last year’s figures show that 27 people received a £70 fine for parking in a disabled bay in the town without displaying a disabled badge (17 off-street and 10 on-street).

Other offences included 26 fines for parking in a restricted street during prescribed hours, while four charges were issued to people parked in a taxi rank.

Two fines were also handed out for stopping in a restricted school area. 

The highest number of lower level contraventions went to the 260 people who parked without displaying a pay and display ticket. Fifty-one fines were issued for people staying beyond the time paid for. 

Not all of the 415 fines were collected, however. Ninety-seven were cancelled, roughly one in four or 23 per cent, and 91 were marked as unpaid as of March 2015.  

This compares to the 837 fines from 2013/14, when 123 were cancelled – 15 per cent – and 109 were unpaid. 

A spokeswoman for West Berkshire Council, Peta Stoddart-Crompton, said: “We are pleased if the drop in PCNs issued reflects more considerate and compliant parking in Thatcham.” 

The council said that all profits from parking must be re-invested in other highways schemes.

It added that the number of cancellations depended on the validity of the reasons put forward by the motorist appealing the charge.

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