Cllr Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat representative for Tyburn Ward, is calling for quick government action to enable Birmingham Council to tackle the problem of parking on grass verges and the churning up of mud this causes. At present the Council has to rely on time-consuming prosecutions before a magistrate but provisions in the new Local Government Act will let councils enforce by-laws on grass verge parking by the use of fixed penalty notices, such as are already in use for other parking offences and litter-dropping. Birmingham Council has already agreed to use the new, more efficient, system but has to wait for the government to pass the Local Government Bill in full before it can do so. Cllr Holtom is pressing the Cabinet member for Transportation to step up the pressure on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government so that action to tackle this problems can be implemented locally.
When enacted the authority will have to take the following steps:
- Agree to take on the new powers
- Create the bye law (following consultation)
- Implement the bye law
- Provide individual officers with the authority to issue fixed penalty notices
- Decide on the level of fixed penalty- maximum £75