MORE than 2,000 parking tickets have been issued in Mold, five times more than any other town in Flintshire.
And shoppers agree with the town centre manager who says civil parking enforcement officers are helping to make the town a safer and more accessible place.
Figures released by Flintshire Council show 2,198 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) have been issued to people flouting parking regulations in Mold since it took on the responsibility of issuing parking tickets from the police in October.
That compares to 423 in Flint, the next most ticketed town in the county.
Flintshire Council said the Mold figure reflects the existence of council-owned pay and display car parks in the town, meaning civil parking enforcement officers visit the area more frequently than anywhere else.
The council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, Cllr Bernie Attridge said: “Since assuming responsibility for civil parking enforcement Civil Parking Enforcement Officers have been working across the county offering both advice to motorists and taking enforcement action where necessary.
“Penalty notices have been issued, however we note the vast majority of motorists park their vehicles properly and with consideration for other road users.
“Civil Parking Enforcement Officers are in Mold more frequently as they also monitor council owned pay-and-display car parks in the town.
“As these officers move between the car parks they will also generally enforce any on-street parking offences they notice.”
Flintshire Council owns 42 car parks in the county and Mold Town Council is the only one that charges motorists. Parking in other towns in Flintshire is free.
Mold town centre manager Dave Hill said: “We are the only town to have off-street parking charges.
“There is an agreement with Flintshire Council there will always be a minimum of two parking attendants in Mold.
“While we have received complaints about over-zealous parking enforcement, we have also received praise from people saying how much easier it is proving to get into town, particularly from disabled people. People are being given more freedom of access.”
Mr Hill also said he was aware of a significant drop in the number of PCNs being issued in Mold over the last month.
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