Cameras to enforce parking

NUMBER plate recognition cameras are being placed in a shopping centre car park to stop people clogging up spaces.

Parking regulations at Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee, will be enforced by the technology that centre bosses say will ensure their shoppers have fair access to spaces in the town.

The cameras are said to have been introduced because of shopkeepers’ concerns over the misuse of spaces surrounding the centre, including people illegally parking in disabled bays and blocking up service areas.

Shoppers will still be able to park at the centre for free for up to three hours, but anyone breaking the rules will be hit with a ticket and a fine. A spokesman for Salford Estates, owners of the centre, said: “It’s important that we listen to our tenants and do all we can to encourage trade in the town centre and that means making life easier for their customers to visit the centre.

“The new system will not affect shoppers using the town centre. The proper enforcement of the car parking areas will ensure genuine customers are able to find a space to park.”

Signs explaining the new system will be put up in the next few days and once the system is up and running, parking tickets will be issued automatically for those flouting the rules.