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Theatreland ‘worst area in UK for parking fines’

Les Miserables at the Queen's in London's West End. Photo: Shutterstock Les Miserables at the Queen's in London's West End. Photo: Shutterstock
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The West End generates more parking fines than any other area in the UK, according to new research that reveals parking black spots around the country.

Theatregoers and shoppers who parked illegally in Westminster – which includes most of the West End – amassed a total of 125,727 parking charge notices between July and September 2017, the data suggests. This amounts to almost a quarter (23%) of all fines issued in London during the period.

London topped the list of cities or towns with the most parking fines over the period, with a total of 549,009.

According to website comparethemarket.com, which compiled the information based on freedom of information requests to councils across the UK, the street where the most fines were issued in London was Shaftesbury Avenue.

Westminster’s fines are well above those in Edinburgh, which ranked second on the top 10 list of cities or towns with the most parking fines, with 58,994 over the period.

Sheffield had the fewest fines, with just 13,360.

A spokesman for Westminster City Council told The Stage that the number of parking tickets issued by the authority has dropped by about 70% over a 13-year period.

He said: “From busy tourist hotspots in the West End to the quiet residential streets in St John’s Wood, Westminster faces a unique set of parking challenges. Our density of traffic and iconic locations, like Shaftesbury Avenue, that attract visitors from all over the world means that we are always likely to have hotspots.”

He added: “Our parking service ensures drivers follow the rules designed to maintain kerbside space, protect people against congestion and fight London’s air pollution problem. By law we are required to reinvest any parking surplus into transport schemes.”

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