COMMUNITY leaders have raised concerns about the parking enforcement changes next month.
Some Holywell town councillors fear people could face fines for parking outside their own home.
Flintshire Council take over responsibility from police of on-street parking and waiting restrictions on October 1. Enforcement officers will work 12-hours a day between 7am and 7pm cracking down on illegal parking.
During the town council meeting, calls were made for certain areas to be made exempt.
Cllr Barry Scragg, said: “I think it’s wrong.
“In Holywell, there are a lot of areas where people have got no other parking alternative.
“There should be a consultation with this council to discuss areas which we think should be exempt.”
Kevin Sutton, Flintshire highways strategy manager who attended the meeting, told the town council the enforcement will hopefully “reduce traffic congestion” and “improve road safety”.
He said town councils with concerns about restrictions being introduced can submit a list of areas where they would like the restriction relaxed or taken away.
He said these areas would be reviewed in the future – but not in time for the introduction.
Mr Sutton, added: “We’re on course to deliver and start work on October 1.”
But Cllr Joe Johnson predicted “bedlam” when the order gets under way.
“I’m very concerned,” he said. “There’s a lot of places around the county where people park outside their own home - and they have done for years.”
Mr Sutton, said: “We have a system set up where people will receive warning notices ahead of the introduction of the changeover.
“It will look like a parking ticket but it will only be a warning to let them know.”
He added: “Free parking in council-owned car parks will be introduced in Holywell.
“Machines will be taken out along with the removal of any signs.”
Cllr Gareth Roberts welcomed Flintshire Council’s involvement.
“We were complaining a few years ago that the police were not enforcing this,” he said.
Cllr Karen Davies said she was pleased and hopes there will be a crackdown on motorists illegally parking in disabled spaces.