Parking patrols in Suffolk will soon be managed by district and borough councils, in a bid to improve parking locally and drive down nuisance and unlawful parking in towns and villages across Suffolk. Traditionally, roadside parking offences were a matter for the police. However, Suffolk County Council says that parking has become a lower priority for them, so they are transferring this responsibility to local district and borough councils – under a process known as civil parking enforcement, or CPE. Councils already manage public car parks in many of our towns and villages and Suffolk Constabulary is supportive of the move, and they say the transfer of responsibilities will enable the Police to spend additional time on keeping communities safe and arresting and bringing offenders to justice. The change of these parking responsibilities is due to take place from the 6th April 2020.