Law without enforcement is just good advice - Lincoln
I don't know if Abe Lincoln actually did say that - but its true. And it applies to things big and small. For the residents of our villages that have a rail station nearby, as Whittlesford does, the management of the traffic getting to that station is a live and daily issue, and no more problematic than if people park without thought on yellow lines.
The council has put yellow lines there for a reason - to balance the requirements of the residents and the visitors in using the amenity. Of course no-one wants to pay car parking charges, and if a commuter is lucky and early enough to park on a road without a yellow line, then that is generally fine. People living near stations and enjoying the advantages that brings, in higher house prices, as well as convenient travel, do accept there will be some street parking. But where the yellow lines are there, and not enforced, then the contract breaks down, and I'm afraid that is where we look to the police to take action.
I think we all accept traffic violations are not a high priority for the police - they have other more important things to make and do to keep us safe - but every now and then there must be enforcement of this law. I am talking to the sector police about what they can do to get the message across.