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Council defends traffic wardens after criticism

PUBLISHED: 16:15 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:15 29 October 2015

Conservative John Cubitt

Conservative John Cubitt

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Councillor warns safety of schoolchildren would be under threat without civil enforcement officers

Civil enforcement officers, or ‘traffic wardens’ have been backed by Gravesham Borough Council for their role in the area.

The council currently has nine enforcement officers and says they play a vital role in road safety and maintaining the flow of traffic.

Council leader John Cubitt said: “There have been calls lately to reduce the number of officers in the misguided belief that this would somehow improve the town. The reality is that such a reduction would threaten the safety of schoolchildren throughout the borough and risk chaos on the roads.

“Of course it is important to ensure all motorists pay for their use of parking fairly but it is a decreasing proportion of their work.

“Our CEOs also play a part in emergencies and are often the first on the scene to help.”

In the past year, more than 15,000 fines have been issued by CEOs.

Cllr Cubitt continued: “The officers are not paid on any quota or incentive system and only issue fines were there has been a contravention of the law. For that they are much maligned and, deplorably, subjected to abuse and even physical attacks.”

A quarter of Penalty Charge Notices were issued for failing to pay for the correct amount of time in council car parks, while around 40 per cent were issued in connection to road safety.

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