TRAFFIC wardens will not be seen in Wrexham until summer 2007.
That is what Wrexham Council's chief transportation and asset manager officer Martin Wright outlined in a report submitted to the executive board.
Despite the traffic chaos in the town following the decriminalisation of parking offences Mr Wright said a scheme would not be in place for at least 18 months.
'We have looked at four options and narrowed it down to two possible ones which we are investigating further.'
Officers have considered running enforcement completely in-house, controlling enforcement but contracting out the processing of tickets and fines to a neighbouring authority - most likely Denbighshire - processing tickets but contracting a firm or neighbouring authority to provide traffic wardens or handing the whole operation over to an external source.
The two recommended options are in-house and processing the tickets but handing responsibility for wardens to another firm or council.
The first option costs just over a quarter of a million pounds to start-up, the second about
£200,000. It is predicted option two would also bring in almost twice as much profit for the council in its second year - £30,936.
'There is currently a risk assessment under way on each of the options we are considering to help identify which is the most viable for us,' said Mr Wright.
'Our plan is to introduce a scheme in the summer of 2007. We have already had discussions with Denbighshire about the scheme they are operating and the possibility of collaborating with them.
'We are talking with police, however, to en-sure next Christmas there are not the fears over parking congestion that surfaced this time.'
There was anger among traders and councillors when they learned there would be no parking enforcement over Christmas last year.
But Mr Wright said the festive period had run smoothly despite the parking issues.
'According to the town centre manager business boomed over Christmas and the parking situation caused no problems.
'However we must ensure we have enforcement of parking restrictions because they are always put in place for good reason.'