One small stretch of Dorchester... Dorset's parking hotspot with 945 tickets handed out last year

High West Street, Dorchester = 341 PCNs in 2013

Trinity Street, Dorchester = 319 PCNs in 2013

Princes Street, Dorchester = 285 PCNs in 2013

RETHINK CALL: Chairman of the Dorchester BID Mike Reed

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

WHERE are you most likely to get a parking fine in Dorset? In a three-quarter-of-a-mile stretch of one town.

Three parking fines a day are being handed out in a trio of connecting roads in Dorchester.

Chairman of the Dorchester BID Mike Reed says the county council should take a ‘careful look’ at the situation.

More than 900 fines were clocked up in High West Street, Trinity Street and Princes Street in 2013 – that’s nearly three for every day of the year.

The roads came in at numbers two, three and five in a list of top ten places you are most likely to get a ticket, obtained by the Echo under a Freedom of Information request.

The figures reveal that the county council is making more than £1,200 a day from parking fines across Dorset.

And although Shore Road in Swanage came out at top of the list, with 516 tickets, the combined distance of Trinity Street, High West Street and Princes Street is just 0.1mile longer – yet 429 more tickets were issued.

BID chairman Mr Reed, who owns the Dorchester Hair Studio in Trinity Street, said he is ‘not surprised’ that the patch of roads were high up the list.

He said: “I think there are improvements to be made to the parking experience here.

“It’s got to be a better experience for visitors to the town.”

He said one problem for traders is customers coming back to their cars a few minutes late to find a ticket on their windshield.

“Someone might be in a queue in a shop and when they know their ticket’s going to run out, they are going to leave that shop,” he said.

“If you come in to Dorchester for the day and you get a ticket, that’s going to put you off.”

Mr Reed said the situation should be improved when pay-on-exit parking is introduced to West Dorset District Council-run car parks later this year.

But he would like the county council to look carefully at its on-street parking and to give wardens better training.

In total, £454,104.10 was raised from the number of PCNs issued in 2013 across Dorset.

And more than £446,715.73 has been made from parking fines in the county town since 2008.

We do not know how the figures for Dorchester compare to Weymouth because Weymouth and Portland Borough Council cannot tell the Echo which roads in the borough generated the most income.

But it made £48,121 in fines from off-street parking and £172,708 from on-street parking fines last year.

It says more information will be published in the Annual Parking Report in September.

Simon Gledhill, Dorset County Council’s parking services manager, said: “Penalty charge notices can be issued for many reasons, all of which are covered by national legislation.

“It is difficult to comment on these figures without first understanding the reasons for the tickets and also the number that were cancelled due to the appeals process.

“On-street parking schemes are regularly reviewed to make sure they provide the town with a suitable traffic management solution.”

DORCHESTER'S HOTSPOTS

  •  High West Street, Dorchester = 341 PCNs in 2013
  • Trinity Street, Dorchester = 319 PCNs in 2013
  • Princes Street, Dorchester = 285 PCNs in 2013
  • Total 945

The top reason for each street:

  • High West Street – 161 PCNs issued for ‘Parked after the expiry of paid for time at a pay & display bay’
  • Trinity Street – 92 PCNs issued for ‘Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket’
  • Princes Street – 112 PCNs issued for ‘Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours’ (parked on double yellow lines)

WHERE YOU ARE LIKELY TO GET A TICKET

1. Shore Road, Swanage

2. High West Street, Dorchester

3. Trinity Street, Dorchester

4. Ferry Road, Studland

5. Princes Street, Dorchester

6. Station Road, Swanage

7. South Street, Bridport

8. High Street, Swanage

9. East Street, Bridport

10. Avon Run, Christchurch

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8:29am Mon 23 Jun 14

Resident of Dorchester says...

No wonder people go elsewhere to shop. WDDC cares not a jot as long as they exhibit control over their domain! Arrogance and self interest. The writing was on the wall as soon as they decided to charge for on street parking, More money for them to waste on their own offices, councillors expenses, and staff to go out and fine people - but no more for the people who live and work in Dorchester.
No wonder people go elsewhere to shop. WDDC cares not a jot as long as they exhibit control over their domain! Arrogance and self interest. The writing was on the wall as soon as they decided to charge for on street parking, More money for them to waste on their own offices, councillors expenses, and staff to go out and fine people - but no more for the people who live and work in Dorchester. Resident of Dorchester
  • Score: -12

9:34am Mon 23 Jun 14

arlbergbahn says...

This picture, on the front page of the paper, is captioned as 'Trinity Street, Dorchester'. Can you spot the error there? Anyway, so i should hope that they are firm on inconsiderate parking, in Trinity St particularly, inconsiderate parking is a real problem there. Although of course Disabled badges always seem to be the magic talisman that enables people to park wherever they like and sod inconvenience to anyone else, and there seems to be nothing Parking Enforcers can do about it.
This picture, on the front page of the paper, is captioned as 'Trinity Street, Dorchester'. Can you spot the error there? Anyway, so i should hope that they are firm on inconsiderate parking, in Trinity St particularly, inconsiderate parking is a real problem there. Although of course Disabled badges always seem to be the magic talisman that enables people to park wherever they like and sod inconvenience to anyone else, and there seems to be nothing Parking Enforcers can do about it. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 25

10:22am Mon 23 Jun 14

The Equaliser again says...

Usual crap about disabled badge users. They are coverd by national and local legislation and if they break the rules they should be treated like any other racing driver, sorry I mean motorist. I just hope the complainers never need one.
Usual crap about disabled badge users. They are coverd by national and local legislation and if they break the rules they should be treated like any other racing driver, sorry I mean motorist. I just hope the complainers never need one. The Equaliser again
  • Score: -9

12:00pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Dorset Boy says...

Resident of Dorchester wrote:
No wonder people go elsewhere to shop. WDDC cares not a jot as long as they exhibit control over their domain! Arrogance and self interest. The writing was on the wall as soon as they decided to charge for on street parking, More money for them to waste on their own offices, councillors expenses, and staff to go out and fine people - but no more for the people who live and work in Dorchester.
Can you get your councils correct, Resident of Dorchester. the article is about tickets on vehicles parked on the highway. Highway parking is the responsibility of DCC not WDDC. WDDC is responsible for public car parks.
[quote][p][bold]Resident of Dorchester[/bold] wrote: No wonder people go elsewhere to shop. WDDC cares not a jot as long as they exhibit control over their domain! Arrogance and self interest. The writing was on the wall as soon as they decided to charge for on street parking, More money for them to waste on their own offices, councillors expenses, and staff to go out and fine people - but no more for the people who live and work in Dorchester.[/p][/quote]Can you get your councils correct, Resident of Dorchester. the article is about tickets on vehicles parked on the highway. Highway parking is the responsibility of DCC not WDDC. WDDC is responsible for public car parks. Dorset Boy
  • Score: 21

2:26pm Mon 23 Jun 14

caz maz says...

Just seems to prove that there are too many people in Dorchester that think the rules don't apply to them! I wonder how many of the tickets was issued to the shop proprietors around that area?
Just seems to prove that there are too many people in Dorchester that think the rules don't apply to them! I wonder how many of the tickets was issued to the shop proprietors around that area? caz maz
  • Score: 10

3:51pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Sidney Hall says...

If stupid, ignorant people are flling the county coffers with cash then this is a good thing.
"But I was only 5 mins" - Kerchinggg
"My leg is sore, it saves me walking on it" - Kerchinggggg
"I didnt see the bright, thick, yellow paint " - kerchinggg
"I was a spoilt brat and now Im an arrogant adult who thinks I can park where I like when I like" - kerchingggggg
If stupid, ignorant people are flling the county coffers with cash then this is a good thing. "But I was only 5 mins" - Kerchinggg "My leg is sore, it saves me walking on it" - Kerchinggggg "I didnt see the bright, thick, yellow paint " - kerchinggg "I was a spoilt brat and now Im an arrogant adult who thinks I can park where I like when I like" - kerchingggggg Sidney Hall
  • Score: 19

4:48pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Dorset stuff says...

If you park illegally you get a fine. It's very simple. If you park correctly and pay for a ticket, you don't get a fine. It's not a difficult concept but yet again some hopeless FOI request is used in a desperate bid to get a non story. There is no story here. Try harder Dorset Echo, this story just reaks of desperation to print anything to stir up the masses.
If you park illegally you get a fine. It's very simple. If you park correctly and pay for a ticket, you don't get a fine. It's not a difficult concept but yet again some hopeless FOI request is used in a desperate bid to get a non story. There is no story here. Try harder Dorset Echo, this story just reaks of desperation to print anything to stir up the masses. Dorset stuff
  • Score: 11

4:59pm Mon 23 Jun 14

I'mavoter says...

Sidney Hall wrote:
If stupid, ignorant people are flling the county coffers with cash then this is a good thing.
"But I was only 5 mins" - Kerchinggg
"My leg is sore, it saves me walking on it" - Kerchinggggg
"I didnt see the bright, thick, yellow paint " - kerchinggg
"I was a spoilt brat and now Im an arrogant adult who thinks I can park where I like when I like" - kerchingggggg
Ha ha !
Love it !
[quote][p][bold]Sidney Hall[/bold] wrote: If stupid, ignorant people are flling the county coffers with cash then this is a good thing. "But I was only 5 mins" - Kerchinggg "My leg is sore, it saves me walking on it" - Kerchinggggg "I didnt see the bright, thick, yellow paint " - kerchinggg "I was a spoilt brat and now Im an arrogant adult who thinks I can park where I like when I like" - kerchingggggg[/p][/quote]Ha ha ! Love it ! I'mavoter
  • Score: 8

5:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

I'mavoter says...

Resident of Dorchester wrote:
No wonder people go elsewhere to shop. WDDC cares not a jot as long as they exhibit control over their domain! Arrogance and self interest. The writing was on the wall as soon as they decided to charge for on street parking, More money for them to waste on their own offices, councillors expenses, and staff to go out and fine people - but no more for the people who live and work in Dorchester.
What a load of rubbish "resident of Dorchester "
Parking in the car parks in Dorchester is very reasonable, 60p for an hour, £1 for 2 hours. And free Sundays and evenings, what more could you ask.
I use the car parks always when I go into dorch, and in two years, haven't had a penalty ticket yet.
Stop moaning, you don't know when you're well off !
[quote][p][bold]Resident of Dorchester[/bold] wrote: No wonder people go elsewhere to shop. WDDC cares not a jot as long as they exhibit control over their domain! Arrogance and self interest. The writing was on the wall as soon as they decided to charge for on street parking, More money for them to waste on their own offices, councillors expenses, and staff to go out and fine people - but no more for the people who live and work in Dorchester.[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish "resident of Dorchester " Parking in the car parks in Dorchester is very reasonable, 60p for an hour, £1 for 2 hours. And free Sundays and evenings, what more could you ask. I use the car parks always when I go into dorch, and in two years, haven't had a penalty ticket yet. Stop moaning, you don't know when you're well off ! I'mavoter
  • Score: 17

6:23pm Mon 23 Jun 14

sockysue says...

Parking is really cheap in Dorchester, why not pay for more time than you may think you need, its better than a fine!!! No disrespect to Blue Badge holders, but why can they park all day in Trinity Street for nothing while they are working, other people working in the town have to pay. Is this a part of the Blue Badge scheme or what..... someone please tell me.
Parking is really cheap in Dorchester, why not pay for more time than you may think you need, its better than a fine!!! No disrespect to Blue Badge holders, but why can they park all day in Trinity Street for nothing while they are working, other people working in the town have to pay. Is this a part of the Blue Badge scheme or what..... someone please tell me. sockysue
  • Score: 10

9:04am Wed 25 Jun 14

JackJohnson says...

Dorset stuff wrote:
If you park illegally you get a fine. It's very simple. If you park correctly and pay for a ticket, you don't get a fine. It's not a difficult concept but yet again some hopeless FOI request is used in a desperate bid to get a non story. There is no story here. Try harder Dorset Echo, this story just reaks of desperation to print anything to stir up the masses.
I don't really see this as a non-story. I see it as a story with much wider implications than just the parking fines. It's one about how many people can no longer accept responsibility for their actions when they break clear and indisputable rules and get caught.

Personally I think the wardens should issue one ticket. If the same vehicle is parked in the same area again within a year they should sieze it whether the first fine was paid or not. On the rare occasions it happens a third time the vehicle should be confiscated and crushed, and the driver should be banned as they have proved they are not sufficiently responsible to hold one.
[quote][p][bold]Dorset stuff[/bold] wrote: If you park illegally you get a fine. It's very simple. If you park correctly and pay for a ticket, you don't get a fine. It's not a difficult concept but yet again some hopeless FOI request is used in a desperate bid to get a non story. There is no story here. Try harder Dorset Echo, this story just reaks of desperation to print anything to stir up the masses.[/p][/quote]I don't really see this as a non-story. I see it as a story with much wider implications than just the parking fines. It's one about how many people can no longer accept responsibility for their actions when they break clear and indisputable rules and get caught. Personally I think the wardens should issue one ticket. If the same vehicle is parked in the same area again within a year they should sieze it whether the first fine was paid or not. On the rare occasions it happens a third time the vehicle should be confiscated and crushed, and the driver should be banned as they have proved they are not sufficiently responsible to hold one. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

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