Illegal parking is one of the biggest problems facing Newport businesses and visitors alike.
Now a formal application for the transferral of parking enforcement powers to Newport City Council has been made to the Welsh Government.
It follows confirmation of Gwent Police’s intention to withdraw from parking enforcement and the council’s decision in January to apply for civil enforcement powers within the city.
With the legislative process likely to take up to six months, combined with the creation of the new service within the council, it is anticipated that the council will begin civil parking enforcement on July 1 next year.
Councillor Roger Jeavons, the council’s Cabinet member for Streetscene, said:
“With the police withdrawing from enforcement, and continuing dissatisfaction being expressed by residents and businesses across the city regarding the rising levels of illegal parking, the introduction of civil parking enforcement is widely welcomed across the city.
“Under these new powers, the council will deploy 12 enforcement officers to work across the city with authority to issue penalty charge notices for parking contraventions.”