Protect our Parking Enforcement Staff – Plea to Council and Chief Constable

Our parking staff do a very necessary job to keep our kerbsides and pavements safe. The Police and Council should take action when they are malevolently abused

Today I have written to the Chief Constable and the City Solicitor asking for more help for the Council’s parking enforcement staff following an incident reported to me which occurred last week.

In the Incident when after being given a ticket the recipient had both harangued and chased our enforcement staff for 40 minutes. After the staff wisely walked away from the conflict the recipient had got in his car and followed them making dangerous turns and movements. In the end they had to resolve the incident by getting in their van and leaving their assigned patch.

When I asked them if they had reported this for action, they just shrugged their shoulders and said it was not worth it. When they had reported similar actions before no action had been taken by the Police. They also appeared to have had little support from the Council.

I think that this is wrong. They are used to ‘effing and blinding’ but this is a much more malevolent set of actions and I believe that the Council is being negligent in not, from time to time, taking action in these cases and publicising them but also that the Police could do more to assist. The Council would not tolerate such a level of abuse for any other staff and I see no reason why these staff should not be supported.

These staff keep our pavements and kerbsides safe and free from congestion. They deserve our support.

The full letter to the Chief Constable is attached

Andrew Cooke,

Chief Constable,

By E-mail

9th November 2020

Dear Andy,

Protecting our Enforcement Officers

Last week I went around the Allerton Road area with our supervisor for parking enforcement. I believe that these officers perform a necessary function in keeping our roads and pavements safe and our shopping centres able to use parking for commercial purposes.

Whilst I was out with them, I was told of an incident the previous day when after being given a ticket the recipient had both harangued and chased our enforcement staff for 40 minutes. After the staff wisely walked away from the conflict the recipient had got in his car and followed them making dangerous turns and movements. In they end they had to resolve the incident by getting in their van and leaving their assigned patch.

These are staff who are used to abuse. Effing and blinding does not especially bother them. They just shrug it off when it happens. This however appears to be a different order of malevolence. When I asked them if they had reported this for action, they just shrugged their shoulders and said it was not worth it. When they had reported similar actions before no action had been taken by the Police. They also appeared have had little support from the Council.

I believe that this is wrong and that both the Police and the Council should have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of hard-working council staff who try and defuse every situation that they can. These staff are properly trained and do not seek confrontation and try to calm down every situation.

I would be grateful if you would discuss this urgently with the City Solicitor who is copied in to this. I know that the police are hard stretched but this seems a necessary action. The Council appears, in my view to be negligent in not supporting our staff properly in these situations when they would certainly do so for any other member of staff.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

Lib Dem Leader,

Liverpool City Council

Cc:       City Solicitor

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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2 Responses to Protect our Parking Enforcement Staff – Plea to Council and Chief Constable

  1. Richard Lawrence says:

    As I understand it Councils are enabled to enforce parking restrictions. Manchester has officers patrolling during weekend evenings for example. Why does Liverpool Council continually ignore parking on double yellow lines?

    • richardkemp says:

      Richard, the Council does have enforcement staff but not enough of them. They can only deal with offences where there are yellow lines. We need more and should support them properly.

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