Parking service back in-house
Enforcement officers working for the Council’s parking service have now fully returned to Council employment - with better pay and conditions and an expanded role that will see them tackle engine idling, untaxed and abandoned vehicles and blue badge fraud.
The service is the latest to come in-house as part of the Council’s insourcing drive, which helps to support the local economy and guarantee fair pay for its employees.
In addition to their role enforcing the borough’s parking zones - helping to improve road safety and tackle pollution - officers will also patrol school gates to enforce against engine idling and will also report fly tipping and antisocial behaviour if they come across it.
54 enforcement officers are now employed directly by the Council in a new structure that will see teams work in one of three districts - north, central and south Hackney - which will mean teams have more flexibility to respond to road safety issues as they arise. They are supported by a team of 18 CCTV enforcement officers and 6 Nuisance Vehicle Officers, who have also been brought back in-house.
Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville and Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, joined enforcement officers at the Tomlinson Centre in Hackney as they returned in-house.
We’ve long been committed to insourcing staff because it ensures they have fairer pay and conditions, which is especially important as we go through the cost of living crisis, and means we can offer a better service to local residents. Insourced services also tend to perform better and save us all money. It was great to join officers at the Tomlinson Centre this week to celebrate their return to the Council.
Parking enforcement officers play a crucial role in promoting road safety, tackling pollution and keeping buses moving in the borough. I’m delighted that they’re now coming back in-house so we can make the service more responsive for residents and provide greater career opportunities for our staff.