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Could you take on bad parking in Brighton and Hove?

The Argus: Traffic wardens on the streets of Brighton and Hove Traffic wardens on the streets of Brighton and Hove

Do you like a uniform? Have you got a passion for issuing tickets and no fear of an angry motorist?

Brighton and Hove City Council has been raking in record profits from parking and is recruiting new traffic wardens to join the ranks of some of their least popular civil servants.

NSL, which runs the council’s traffic enforcement, is advertising for new “civil enforcement officers” to deal with the “continued growth” in the city.

The new wardens will have to issue tickets to illegally parked motorists and will have the powers to have dangerously obstructive vehicles towed.

In December it was revealed that the city makes more profit from parking charges than any other council outside London. In 2012/13 the council netted £18.36 million in parking revenue.

There are currently seven jobs available.

But the city council has insisted they are not expanding the number of wardens patrolling the city’s streets – just maintaining enough officers to crack down on illegal motorists.

A council spokeswoman said: “The current recruitment is to bring the number of civil enforcement officers back to the agreed level needed for the service to operate effectively.

“There is a natural turnover of staff each year and our parking enforcement contractor, NSL, recruits new people as needs arise.

“The city’s enforcement contractor currently employs 74 civil enforcement officers (CEOs). This has been reduced from a high of 85 officers in 2009.

“The level of enforcement is closely monitored and varies depending on enforcement priorities and compliance.

“Compliance is also improving and in 2012/13 CEOs issued 114,000 penalty charge notices which was the second lowest since the council took over parking enforcement in 2001.”

The new wardens will be paid up to £7.75 an hour.

Adverts for the jobs state: “Due to continued growth we are currently recruiting for civil enforcement officers in Brighton.

“The role will require you to enforce legislation and the council’s policies in respect of parking controls by issuing of penalty charge notices to vehicles in contravention of the regulations, as well as authorising vehicles for removal action.”

Despite being reviled as drivers’ worst enemies, the city’s team of traffic wardens revealed their softer sides. Last month they were praised for being “the eyes and ears” on the street and coming to the aid of care home residents, a man who had mislaid his car and an injured cat.

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2:57pm Wed 5 Feb 14

rayellerton says...

The old Police Traffic Wardens were both respected and feared...they would issue a ticket if they considered you were parking unreasonably but would be sympathetic if you had essential work to carry out or a delivery which took longer than 5 minutes. Meters were also fairer as any unused time paid could be taken by the next parker. These ones are just minions raising money from motorists
The old Police Traffic Wardens were both respected and feared...they would issue a ticket if they considered you were parking unreasonably but would be sympathetic if you had essential work to carry out or a delivery which took longer than 5 minutes. Meters were also fairer as any unused time paid could be taken by the next parker. These ones are just minions raising money from motorists rayellerton
  • Score: 13

3:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Brighton1000 says...

**** scum of the earth
**** scum of the earth Brighton1000
  • Score: 8

3:22pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bugzy84 says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
**** scum of the earth
If you don't want a ticket, don't park illegally, is it really that hard?
Common sense vs selfish laziness AGAIN!
The amount of people I see parking on corners with double yellow lines obstructing views is unbelievable sometimes, let alone in bus stops and smaller roads that have parking on one side but yellows on the other, get some idiot park there and you've blocked up the road moron!
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: **** scum of the earth[/p][/quote]If you don't want a ticket, don't park illegally, is it really that hard? Common sense vs selfish laziness AGAIN! The amount of people I see parking on corners with double yellow lines obstructing views is unbelievable sometimes, let alone in bus stops and smaller roads that have parking on one side but yellows on the other, get some idiot park there and you've blocked up the road moron! Bugzy84
  • Score: 1

4:47pm Wed 5 Feb 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Crack down on bogus Blue badge holders might be good
No parking spaces and someone stopping for a5 minutes to use a local business should not be a ticket
Maybe they could enforce dangerous cycles and cyclists I tried not post this as a regular cyclists but fed up with sanctimonious Green comments on here about selfish drivers when they're far from perfect
15 months to go
Crack down on bogus Blue badge holders might be good No parking spaces and someone stopping for a5 minutes to use a local business should not be a ticket Maybe they could enforce dangerous cycles and cyclists I tried not post this as a regular cyclists but fed up with sanctimonious Green comments on here about selfish drivers when they're far from perfect 15 months to go upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 10

4:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bill in Hanover says...

Bugzy84 wrote:
Brighton1000 wrote:
**** scum of the earth
If you don't want a ticket, don't park illegally, is it really that hard?
Common sense vs selfish laziness AGAIN!
The amount of people I see parking on corners with double yellow lines obstructing views is unbelievable sometimes, let alone in bus stops and smaller roads that have parking on one side but yellows on the other, get some idiot park there and you've blocked up the road moron!
Today there was a Swain's delivery lorry parked on the Lewes Road at the bottom of Elm Grove, outside of the chemists, the driver was nowhere in sight and he'd parked so close to the central island that buses couldn't get past. This is the type of behaviour that justifies having traffic wardens, although as per usual there was none in sight.
[quote][p][bold]Bugzy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: **** scum of the earth[/p][/quote]If you don't want a ticket, don't park illegally, is it really that hard? Common sense vs selfish laziness AGAIN! The amount of people I see parking on corners with double yellow lines obstructing views is unbelievable sometimes, let alone in bus stops and smaller roads that have parking on one side but yellows on the other, get some idiot park there and you've blocked up the road moron![/p][/quote]Today there was a Swain's delivery lorry parked on the Lewes Road at the bottom of Elm Grove, outside of the chemists, the driver was nowhere in sight and he'd parked so close to the central island that buses couldn't get past. This is the type of behaviour that justifies having traffic wardens, although as per usual there was none in sight. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jimpy762 says...

£7.75 an hour for a key element in a multi million pound growth industry??
Not only are they scruffy individuals with poor social skills and judgement, they're mugs as well.
£40k salary and you might understand why they did it.
£7.75 an hour for a key element in a multi million pound growth industry?? Not only are they scruffy individuals with poor social skills and judgement, they're mugs as well. £40k salary and you might understand why they did it. jimpy762
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

hovian says...

Bizarre story - job ad dressed up as a news story...The Argus stoops to new lows...?
Bizarre story - job ad dressed up as a news story...The Argus stoops to new lows...? hovian
  • Score: 6

7:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

brightonpip says...

So after exhaustive trawls of Facebook and Twitter you are now resorting to passing off job adverts as news items. I hope the council or contractors were not charged to advertise these posts. Will Friday's headline be "house for sale in Hove". I do hope the argus gets full internet access back soon so you can google something more interesting to report on
So after exhaustive trawls of Facebook and Twitter you are now resorting to passing off job adverts as news items. I hope the council or contractors were not charged to advertise these posts. Will Friday's headline be "house for sale in Hove". I do hope the argus gets full internet access back soon so you can google something more interesting to report on brightonpip
  • Score: 3

7:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

whoee! says...

They should all be mown down by car drivers,they are absolute scum of the earth.No excuses please
They should all be mown down by car drivers,they are absolute scum of the earth.No excuses please whoee!
  • Score: -2

7:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Sussex jim says...

The streets are there for access to properties. There should be more leeway for delivery drivers and visiting tradesmen.
The original traffic wardens, normally ex-police or armed forces- understood this, and allowed a degree of discretion. Now we get "enforcement officers" on little more than minimum wage, those who cannot get a proper job due to lack of social skills or command of English; whose attitude is "ticket, and let the respectable tax-paying driver appeal".
The streets are there for access to properties. There should be more leeway for delivery drivers and visiting tradesmen. The original traffic wardens, normally ex-police or armed forces- understood this, and allowed a degree of discretion. Now we get "enforcement officers" on little more than minimum wage, those who cannot get a proper job due to lack of social skills or command of English; whose attitude is "ticket, and let the respectable tax-paying driver appeal". Sussex jim
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

ghost bus driver says...

I just block in people parked in bus stops.
I just block in people parked in bus stops. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 2

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