Parking management and enforcement reintroduced
24 June 2020
Neath Port Talbot Council has announced a return to parking management and enforcement with the focus initially being on its three town centres at Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe.
Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will now be operating in the town centres and the council’s CCTV camera van will also be deployed around schools towards the end of June when they partially reopen for three weeks on a “check in, catch up and prepare” basis.
All parking enforcement activity was suspended at short notice in April to comply with the Welsh Government’s COVID 19 lockdown.
Guidance has now been produced jointly by the British Parking Association and the Welsh Local Government Association to help councils develop and implement local plans for lifting temporary traffic and parking arrangements put in place in April 2020.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Cllr Ted Latham, explained: “With the phased increase in commercial activity, it has become increasingly important for the freight sector to be able to deliver goods and services to our shops and businesses.
“We now need to ensure loading and unloading can take place safely and legally and that the highways and loading bays are not obstructed. This is especially true now as our town centres reopen for business.
“A carefully phased reintroduction of previously relaxed traffic/parking management and enforcement is therefore now necessary to help manage our safe and controlled recovery and to ensure priority for parking space for those who need it most and to ensure access for essential deliveries and services.”
Cllr Latham added: “Parking and traffic management are important public services which provide benefits for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and the wider community.
“Those benefits include maintaining road safety and access to jobs, goods and services. This has perhaps never been more important than now as we have had to respond together to unprecedented changing demands and priorities.”
People are reminded the Council’s car parks continue to be free to help retail and business recovery.