More fines for drivers

TWENTY-NINE more parking tickets were handed out in Belper in the month following the introduction of new evening charges than for the same period last year.

The News asked Amber Valley Borough Council for the figures after receiving calls from disgruntled motorists who had been handed a parking fine.

Many of the drivers claimed not enough was done to notify the public of the new charges, introduced at the beginning of October. A claim the council strongly denies.

The number of fines in the month after they were introduced, for not displaying a pay and display ticket or parking after the alloted time had expired, was 76. In the same period last year it was 47.