CCTV trial to stop illegal parking in Durham

CCTV trial to stop illegal parking in Durham

CCTV trial to stop illegal parking in Durham

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CCTV IS to be installed to catch on camera rule-cheating cabbies and other motorists.

Since Durham County Council moved the main night-time taxi rank on Claypath, Durham City, back in 2012, there have been complaints of drivers ignoring the new rank on the Prince Bishops shopping centre slip road and still picking up passengers where they used to, opposite Walkergate’s restaurants and bars.

Now the council is to install an Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera on a trial basis.

It will operate between 8pm and 4am every night from Monday, March 3, and anyone caught parking illegally could be hit with a fine.

Councillor Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We need to educate motorists that they have a responsibility to drive safely and responsibly, especially in busy areas such as Claypath.

“We are hopeful that having a camera in place will serve as a reminder to people to think of others when driving in our city.”

Local county councillor David Freeman said he was pleased at the move, adding: “I would like to see the council go further and for those persistently found breaking the rules to have their taxi licence removed.”

Coun Freeman also urged the council to install cameras on North Road, where residents of nearby Crossgate say they are facing the same problem as exists on Claypath, with cabbies parking illegally where a taxi rank used to be, outside Santander.

Roger Cornwell, chair of Crossgate Community Partnership, said: “We will be watching the (Claypath) experiment with interest.

“If it works we would like to think they could install one at the bottom end of North Road or if they are sufficiently easy to move then share the camera.”

Coun Foster said: “While we are aware of issues with traffic elsewhere in the city, the situation in Claypath represents a much more significant problem with regard to road safety.”

The move could be affected by a Government consultation on abolishing the use of CCTV for parking enforcement, which closed on Friday (February 14).

Coun Freeman said he and his colleague Richard Ormerod had written to Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles telling him a ban would be wrong.

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12:16am Tue 18 Feb 14

DURHAM CITY says...

they should do this at fram front street to catch council vehicles at the shops and chippy blocking the footpaths
they should do this at fram front street to catch council vehicles at the shops and chippy blocking the footpaths DURHAM CITY
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Tommy wits says...

Why not just get the police to issue drivers with a ticket. I wish this council would stop wasting money and instead get the relevant people to do their jobs. After a few fines this illegal parking would stop.
Why not just get the police to issue drivers with a ticket. I wish this council would stop wasting money and instead get the relevant people to do their jobs. After a few fines this illegal parking would stop. Tommy wits
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Tue 18 Feb 14

settheworldonfire says...

Never mind illegal parking from taxi drivers. They need to get the scruffy taxi drivers in County Durham to dress properly. Too many of them wearing shorts and tracksuits. Plus smoking in their taxis. They want to start with Bobs Taxis in Crook. Their taxis stink and are smelling of dope / marajuana.
Never mind illegal parking from taxi drivers. They need to get the scruffy taxi drivers in County Durham to dress properly. Too many of them wearing shorts and tracksuits. Plus smoking in their taxis. They want to start with Bobs Taxis in Crook. Their taxis stink and are smelling of dope / marajuana. settheworldonfire
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Taxi1991 says...

Well I think this camera business is silly there are double yellow lines outside the pizza uno,urban oven and woksupp Chinese takeaway on claypath but yet again prince bishops taxi rank is tiny holds space for 4 cars and after it's all double yellow line the other taxi rank holds space for 5 or 6 taxis on the side of the gala not sure about north road taxi drivers should speak to the council or start a petition because Durham council have issued too many taxi liecences and now it has became a problem for everyone
Well I think this camera business is silly there are double yellow lines outside the pizza uno,urban oven and woksupp Chinese takeaway on claypath but yet again prince bishops taxi rank is tiny holds space for 4 cars and after it's all double yellow line the other taxi rank holds space for 5 or 6 taxis on the side of the gala not sure about north road taxi drivers should speak to the council or start a petition because Durham council have issued too many taxi liecences and now it has became a problem for everyone Taxi1991
  • Score: 3

8:26pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Taxi1991 says...

Do the council think it is ok to park illegally at a mini roundabout and on a bridge it's could cost someone there life really because if a taxi driver is sitting on the bridge in their taxi with their lights off someone who doesn't notice the car over the brow of the bridge could really hurt someone or even worse Durham has no speed camera's anywhere they need them cause there is a lot of boy racers day and night and a lot of maniac drivers including cabbies it's dangerous..footpaths shouldn't be blocked anywhere and definitely not around schools could possibly kill someone just because of council cars and vans and the pedestrian is to be blamed because they walked into the road it's ridiculous
Do the council think it is ok to park illegally at a mini roundabout and on a bridge it's could cost someone there life really because if a taxi driver is sitting on the bridge in their taxi with their lights off someone who doesn't notice the car over the brow of the bridge could really hurt someone or even worse Durham has no speed camera's anywhere they need them cause there is a lot of boy racers day and night and a lot of maniac drivers including cabbies it's dangerous..footpaths shouldn't be blocked anywhere and definitely not around schools could possibly kill someone just because of council cars and vans and the pedestrian is to be blamed because they walked into the road it's ridiculous Taxi1991
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Nicholas_Till says...

The Council created a taxi jungle in Durham through the extent of their deregulation and I wouldn't be surprised if, as a result, some taxi drivers see it as a jungle and get away with what they can, as and when. I don't personally know about (or notice) hazards to do with taxis in Claypath - I'm still here, so I conclude I haven't as yet been run over - but it does strike me that moving a rank from Claypath down onto the Prince Bishops slip-road is fairly counter to the wants of punters and cabbies alike, and these are bound to continue to make contact around the Millennium Place/Claypath junction. (Is stopping for a passenger pick-up in an off-limits area *always* an act of dangerous driving? Not necessarily, not in every case. The limits may not necessarily have much or anything to do with safety, they may be arbitrary or cosmetic.)

Of course good order is to be desired, but it is unlikely to be brought about or restored by administrators who have turned their territory into a deformed shambles and then set spy cameras to do their work while they sleep. This may procure fines, even catch malefactors, but isn't going to restore trust and respect.
The Council created a taxi jungle in Durham through the extent of their deregulation and I wouldn't be surprised if, as a result, some taxi drivers see it as a jungle and get away with what they can, as and when. I don't personally know about (or notice) hazards to do with taxis in Claypath - I'm still here, so I conclude I haven't as yet been run over - but it does strike me that moving a rank from Claypath down onto the Prince Bishops slip-road is fairly counter to the wants of punters and cabbies alike, and these are bound to continue to make contact around the Millennium Place/Claypath junction. (Is stopping for a passenger pick-up in an off-limits area *always* an act of dangerous driving? Not necessarily, not in every case. The limits may not necessarily have much or anything to do with safety, they may be arbitrary or cosmetic.) Of course good order is to be desired, but it is unlikely to be brought about or restored by administrators who have turned their territory into a deformed shambles and then set spy cameras to do their work while they sleep. This may procure fines, even catch malefactors, but isn't going to restore trust and respect. Nicholas_Till
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Taxi1991 says...

It was simple cabbies on claypath are helpful because people want to get out of clubs and bars and go straight into taxis and head home people who get good after can get a taxi instead of walking down claypath onto the bridge and down to a taxi their will be more people gathering and bound to have trouble fights it's a risk really moving Nicholas I agree it's a total jungle due to the council releasing so many hackney carriage liecences
It was simple cabbies on claypath are helpful because people want to get out of clubs and bars and go straight into taxis and head home people who get good after can get a taxi instead of walking down claypath onto the bridge and down to a taxi their will be more people gathering and bound to have trouble fights it's a risk really moving Nicholas I agree it's a total jungle due to the council releasing so many hackney carriage liecences Taxi1991
  • Score: 1

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