THE borough council is now responsible for enforcing parking, loading and waiting restrictions after taking over the duty from police.
Civil enforcement officers will be charged with the task of keeping the streets clear and to improve the flow of traffic, although they will not be working to targets or paid bonuses for issuing tickets.
Cheshire County Council will remain responsible for making the restrictions.
Jane Williamson, the borough council’s head of property and support services, said: “The change in parking enforcement procedures is not a fund raising exercise.
“Currently the government keeps the money from parking tickets issued by the police.
“However, under this new scheme, the borough council will collect the penalty notice charges and use the money to pay for the costs of enforcement.”
Better enforcement of parking regulations and focusing on vehicles wrongly or inconsiderately parked will improve access and response times for emergency vehicles, improve conditions for buses and cyclists, and cut misuse of disabled parking spaces.
It will also improve road safety at junctions where parked vehicles block the view of other drivers and safety outside schools, as well as reducing pollution.
The decriminalising of parking enforcement will make illegal parking a civil rather than criminal matter and allow the police to concentrate their resources on other areas.