20 parking tickets issued

A campaign to encourage safer parking outside primary schools in the borough resulted in 20 tickets being issued to drivers.

Hastings police has been working in collaboration with NSL (parking enforcement agency), Safer Hastings Partnership and East Sussex County Council to tackle parking issues outside selected schools.

The ‘Don’t Park Here’ campaign began in early December and ended at the Christmas break.

Local neighbourhood police officers teamed up with NSL’s Civil Enforcement Officers to give advice to drivers about safer parking and where necessary issue penalty tickets to those contravening road traffic laws.

Ten primary schools were selected for this first campaign where problems often arise at school pick up and drop off times, with some parents, guardians and taxi drivers ignoring yellow zig zags and double yellow lines.

Sergeant Dave Townsend, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “During this first phase of the campaign 20 tickets were issued.

“A further 107 vehicles were moved on and blue badge was confiscated for being misused.

“The feedback we have received on our social media network has been overwhelming.

“This is clearly an issue that is close to many people’s hearts.

“Although we only selected ten primary schools, we are hoping to work with NSL again next year to visit other primary schools.”