TRAFFIC wardens patrolling our streets now work for a private company, rather than the district council.
A launch event was held last Thursday at Buckingham’s Old Gaol to mark the fact that a private company, NSL Ltd, has taken over the enforcement of on-street parking restrictions in Aylesbury Vale.
The company will be acting as a contractor for Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB), under a contract that runs for an initial term of five years. The contract, which started in September in the High Wycombe district area also covers Chiltern District.
Until now, parking enforcement in the Vale has been carried out by wardens employed by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) on behalf of Buckingham County Council.
AVDC will continue to manage off-street parking in its car parks, including Cornwall’s Meadow, Western Avenue and Stratford Fields in Buckingham and Market Square in Winslow.
County council spokesman David Rowlands said he believes Buckingham and Winslow will benefit from the change in parking enforcement.
He said: “I think Buckingham and Winslow are very adequately covered with off-street parking provision. The trouble is a lot of people in both towns abuse the yellow line system. I think if the on-street parking is enforced properly, it would make things better for traders and for residents. If there wasn’t adequate parking, I’d feel differently.”