A NORTH Devon councillor has called for traffic wardens in the area to be given new uniforms to make them appear more friendly.
Councillor Frank Biederman, who represents the Fremington ward and is also a Devon county councillor, believes changing traffic warden’s uniform will encourage more people into Barnstaple.
He first discussed the idea as part of the task group formed from the district council’s overview and scrutiny committee.
The task group had to come up with ideas that would encourage visitors into Barnstaple but without slashing parking prices or even making parking free entirely.
Making traffic wardens, or parking enforcement officers, look less like policemen was one idea suggested.
Mr Biederman explained how this could work.
He said: “We have been looking at how to encourage people into the town centre and obviously with North Devon being holiday destination we want to seem like a friendly place to encourage people to come back to.
“We want people to go away with positive memories and if they feel they can approach friendly enforcement officers that might help.
“I haven’t had any specific comments about it but I don’t think it helps with them looking less approachable.”
Mr Biederman hopes if the proposal was to go ahead then the uniforms would be rolled out as the current ones need replacing so as not to cost the council extra money.
He added: “I think the officers do a very good job but I am not entirely sure they like their uniforms.
“I wouldn’t want to say what the uniforms would look like but I would like to think the officers would get a say and they will have to remain being visible.”
The matter is due to be discussed by the overview and scrutiny committee at a meeting on Thursday.
Depending on the outcome the decision will then have to go to the council’s executive committee to be rubber stamped.
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