The Department for Transport has informed Lancashire County Council that the Department is no longer able to meet the date it had scheduled for the introduction of the county's new parking management and control system, ParkWise.
ParkWise was due to have been introduced on Sunday, 4 July. This was the date on which the 12 district councils involved in ParkWise were scheduled to take over the enforcement and management of all parking regulations in their areas from Lancashire Constabulary.
The Department for Transport, which sets the date for the legal transfer of responsibility (not the County Council) has said that due to having to prioritise dealing with the legislation related to the proposed new traffic management bill it is no longer able to fulfill its own obligations towards the project in time to meet the original start date.
The Department has now given a new start date to which it guarantees it will adhere. The new date is Sunday, 5 September.
Plans for informing the public of the introduction of ParkWise were already well in hand by both the county council and the 12 district councils involved in the project. These will have to be stopped, amended and rescheduled to start again nearer September. Some materials have already been published, however - council magazines, for example, and obviously these cannot now be withdrawn although both the county and district councils will do their best to minimise any possible confusion the change of date may cause.
The councils involved are Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster City, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.
For further information please contact: Neil Graham on 01772 531095