Parking tickets drop in Ottery

People are parking better in Ottery it would seem as figures for parking tickets handed out are coming down.

In data acquired under the Freedom of Information Act by the Herald, Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s) have dropped by more than a quarter since 2009.

In the past three years to April 2011 there have been 533 parking tickets handed out by East Devon District Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Ottery St Mary. In 2008-09 201 were given, but in 2009-10 that figure dropped by almost 30 to 183. And the figure dropped again in 2010-11 to only 149 tickets dished out for parking offences.

In the same period Sidmouth drivers picked up more than 3,500 tickets, with CEO’s handing out twice the amount in Exmouth.

The figures also reveal CEO’s spend around three hours patrolling in Ottery for every PCN they serve, compared with just over an hour in Exmouth for each ticket.