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Dartford's parking fine hotspots revealed - over 4,000 issued in top 10 roads

PUBLISHED: 13:09 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:09 25 February 2014

Shoppers in Spital Street may have spent more than they intended after being slapped with more than 1,000 parking fines last year.

It was Dartford’s hotspot for tickets in 2013, seeing almost double the number issued than the next road.

A freedom of information request by the Reporter revealed that 4,385 fines were handed out in the top-10 most-ticketed places in Dartford borough.

Hythe Street, another busy shopping area, came in second place with 777 tickets issued.

It was followed by Market Street, with 480, and other Dartford town centre hotspots included Market Place, Lowfield Street and High Street.

But the number four spot was taken by Essex Road, in Longfield, where 425 fines were handed out.

The residential road is close to a shopping street and within walking distance of Longfield station.

It was followed by London Road, in Stone, with 353 tickets.

Swanscombe also made an appearance at number eight in the list, with 240 penalties in High Street.

Cllr Jeremy Kite, leader of the Dartford Council, said it has one of the lowest revenues from parking fines anywhere in Kent.

He added: “We certainly don’t view it as a ‘cash cow’.

“Indeed, all our policies are targeted at managing local roads and keeping them safe rather than generating cash.”

Most roads in the table were in town centres or where people park on yellow lines trying to avoid pay and display car parks, he added.

Restrictions were introduced in some places at the request of residents, where “improper and thoughtless” parking was causing problems.

The council said it was not possible to give the amount paid in fines per road.

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