Motorists park by double yellow lines around new £13m courthouse in Newport
8:32pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
MOTORISTS contending with an apparent shortage of parking spaces are leaving cars by double yellow lines around a new £13m courthouse unveiled to deliver first-class justice in Newport.
The drivers have been parking by the yellow lines in the vicinity of the new Newport Magistrates' Court off Lower Dock Street, which opened on September 30 to ensure court users had “access to a first-class justice system”.
Newport council said it had no plans to increase parking provision around the new court and stressed the issue of illegal parking was a matter for the police.
Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) stressed that spaces were available at the court’s 22-space car park, as well as nearby car parks in Newport City Centre.
Meanwhile, Gwent Police said their responsibility only extended to enforcing Highway rules.
A Newport council spokeswoman said yesterday [October 22]: “Car parks located in the immediate vicinity of the new magistrates’ court were built as part of a regeneration project and are allocated to specific businesses in that area.
“The issue of illegal parking is a matter for the police not the council.
“There are no plans for the council to create parking spaces in the area.”
An HMCTS spokeswoman told the Argus: “In addition to the car parking facilities on site, there is public parking available in nearby Newport Town Centre.”
The new court replaced the old court house at Newport Civic Centre, which was deemed unfit for purpose and shut in 2012.
HMCTS Wales delivery director Luigi Strinati said last month: “This new court demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that court users have access to first-class justice centres which deliver the level of customer service they expect.”
A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “Parking provision is not the responsibility of the police, the enforcement of illegal parking on public highways is.”
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