New parking regulations have been introduced in Maidenhead Street, giving Parking Attendants power to issued tickets to illegaly parked cars.
The pedestrianised area has been plagued with parked vehicles, especially since lockdown was imposed at the end of March.
Local residents and food delivery companies have been using the street regardless of restrictions and width-restricting "gates" at each end of the road.
The gates are supposed to be shut during the day, but council staff are not allowed to close them if vehicles remain in the street and would otherwise be locked in.
The county council have now introduced an updated Traffic Regulation Order that prohibits any motor vehicle from entering or being in Maidenhead Street at any time. Exemptions will apply to goods vehicles, market and street traderspermit holders, postal deliveries, emergency services and statutory authorities.
Any vehicles that do enter the street should do so from Bull Plain, with No Entry signs prohibiting entrance from The Wash. Vehicles entering from this end of the street would be committing a moving traffic offence, which is punishable by a £60 fine and 3 points.
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