Villagers could pay police to stop illegal parking

Villagers say commuters are dumping their cars on local streets Credit: ITV News Anglia

Villagers in south Cambridgeshire are drawing up plans to hire extra police officers to stop commuters parking illegally.

People living in Foxton, Whittlesford, Odsey and other nearby villages say commuters are dumping their cars before making their way to the train station.

Now Cambridgeshire Police are offering villages affected by commuter congestion PCSO 'parking patrols' to keep drivers in check. The force has set the rate at £1000 for 42 hours of patrols over a six month period. Small villages will have the option of forming a syndicate of up to four villages, to make up the full £1000.

Parishes in the area will have until October to decide if they want to opt in to the trial scheme, which will see community support officers patrolling on foot.

Cambridgeshire Police say the PCSOs will not be set targets for catching illegal parkers and that the work "will not detract from their day-jobs in any way".