1. How big is the team?
We currently have a complete team of 16 Civil Enforcement Officers with a current recruitment taking place to make up to 17 officers, of these 2 are Supervisors. 5.5 Officers are deployed locally to Council districts for off street enforcement. The rest are deployed to Staffordshire County Council – taking out rest days, holidays etc. We cover from 7am up until 10pm with three shifts across the County.
2. Where you have a number of requests for deployment on a said time and date, how do you decide where to deploy?
Enforcement deployment is strategized through a triangle hierarchy – Clear Streets complaints/requests take priority > followed by school enforcement complaints > then generalised school enforcement > known hotspot areas for non-compliance > known areas with regulations.
3. How and where do you deploy when you have no specific requests for attendance?
This is put into a beat management listing- where there is no request then all areas are covered for their regulation status. All locations have a patrol beat that are expected to be enforced daily.
Towns / Cities take priority – within these residents permit bays, on street Pay and Display locations and line restrictions such as Double Yellows / Single Yellows, then limited waiting bays – these are the walking beats. We also have a mobile patrol that patrols the local sub districts such as Chadsmoor, Blackfords, Bridgtown, Norton Canes, Heath Hayes&Wimblebury, Hednesford – again DYL / SYL take priority and Limited waiting bays. Very rarely do we receive no specific requests for enforcement.
4. Do you have an overall deployment strategy?
Yes – to deploy officers to locations where there are known vehicles parking in contravention – Refer to Staffs County Clear Streets policy. More often than not, a visual presence of an officer will deter drivers from parking in contravention.
5. Do we have routine deployments in the South of the county?
Yes – again priority is given to towns. Daily Deployment is given to the following areas: Cannock&Rugeley towns, Lichfield City Centre, Tamworth Town Centre, East Staffs – Burton has two foot beat officers, Uttoxeter, Rocester and Tutbury has a daily patrol and the outer sub districts such as Ilam, Mayfield, Barton U Needwood, Winshull, Stapenhill, South Staffordshire has an officer deployed approx. twice a week depending on the season/events – with the main villages Penkridge, Codsall, Kinver, Brewood and Wombourne being given priority- sub districts such as Gt Wryley, Cheslyn Hay, Coven, Pattingham, Perton, Swindon and Enville receiving visits ad hoc.
6. Anything else you think of relevance?
Mobile patrols are split within districts also so that all out of town restrictions are covered.
- Cannock has 5 mobile patrol areas (Bridgtown & Hednesford, Chadsmoor & Blackfords and Hednesford, Wimblebury & HeathHayes and Hednesford, Norton Canes, Chasewater and Hednesford, Rugeley & Brereton & Hednesford) .
- Lichfield has 2 mobile patrols areas Fradley, Armitage & Alrewas and then Streetly, Fazeley, Shenstone, Hammerwich and Burntwood.
- Tamworth has one mobile patrol covering all areas – Amington, Quarry Hill, Coton Farm, A38/Motorway, Glascote, Wilnecote
- South Staffordshire has 2 mobile patrols – North of Codsall and South of Codsall
Notices of roadworks. Notice will be removed after date of expiry
Lichfield Road – 31/05/2020
This order commences on 23rd September 2019 and allows the closure of Lichfield Road between Newlands Lane and Eastern Way until 31st May 2020. It means that the work could start then but not necessarily. It also does not mean that both carriageways will be shut until 31st May. Work on gas mains and road widening should be completed by 31st May 2020. Any questions should be directed to Staffordshire County Council.
Loose manhole cover – Hednesford Road by Chapel Street
The manhole cover and adjacent missing cover have been reported to the County Council. Severn Trent own the manhole covers and were due to inspect the site on 27th September 2019. Area checked 22/10/2019 and repair completed.
Potholes. (Staffordshire County Council is responsible for highways and all issues should be addressed there)
A Highways issue but concern was been again expressed about the state of the Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes outside the Constitutional Club. The current position (11/09/2019) is that County Councillor J. McMahon set aside funds to expedite repairs to the potholes at this location as it was considered a priority owing to the amount of traffic on the road, the depth of the potholes and the tendency of vehicles to use the pavement to avoid the potholes causing danger to pedestrians. This work has now been completed.
There has been a further report of drainage issues at this location and this is being investigated by the County Council. Area checked 22/10/2019 and clear.
Speeding in the Area
There are reports of speeding in the area, in particular Heath Way and Wimblebury Road. The matter was discussed at length at the County Council Surgery in July and various options were considered. There is a Community Speedwatch group in the area and locations are being referred to them to have them inspected and approved by the police and those locations that are approved are then visited. If you want to suggest any locations, please email our Speedwatch Representative Cllr Diane Todd. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are ongoing problems at Five Ways, Gorsemoor and Heath Hayes about parking and speeding.
Five Ways employ a parking warden and have “parking Buddies” (standing bollards) on the pavement.
Heath Hayes School has parking buddies as well.
The PCSOs and Clear Streets are aware of problem parking and regularly attend.
Five Ways Island
Following our request, advance signs warning of the 7.5 tonne weight limit prohibition have been added to the approach signs for Five Ways Island (December 2009).
Following an approach from a resident of Boston Close, a request was made to the District Council to review the car parking area outside 9 and 11. Mrs Belinda Wildey arranged for this to be undertaken as part of the Estate Walks scheme and as requested, bays have been marked out and additional parking space provided. I have informed Mr Hill who attended the Council meeting. (Photo attached). (December 2009)
Birchfields Drive, Heath Hayes
Following an approach from a local resident about problems with school parking and blocking the drives in Birchfields Drive, I liaised with Dave Botfield at County Highways. Protected driveways markings have been installed. I have informed Paul Bennett at Gorsemoor School. (December 2009).
School Crossing Patrols – Current Position
School Crossing Patrols are in many cases funded by Staffordshire County Council. The Parish Council does not employ any Wardens.