Sheffield Council defends handling of parking appeals

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SHEFFIELD Council has defended its handling of parking appeals after 278 tickets were cancelled costing the authority up to £20,000.

The fines had to be written off because the council did not respond to challenges within a statutory 56-day deadline.

Kevan Butt, council parking services manager, said that during the last six months, when the tickets were cancelled, the council had dealt with 12,687 appeals.

He said: “Over the last nine months, staff have also been working overtime in order to reduce the backlog, which has reduced from a peak in February of 6,500 items to a current workload of just under 2,400 items.

“We are now in a position where all formal representations are being dealt with within the required time scale of 56 days.”