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Stop the problem paving parkers

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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THERE seems to be a trend around the town at the moment for people to park their vehicles all-wheels-on the pavement, causing obstructions to pedestrians and, in some cases, interfering with sightlines around corners for drivers.

These vehicle owners seem to have annexed the wide pavements for their own personal parking spaces as though there is nothing wrong in it.

The regular hotspots seem to be outside the Picnic Box at the bottom of The Channel, outside the Flower Shop on Dig Street, on Compton opposite the Sainsbury’s gates, outside Bargain Booze and the garage next door, once it closes for the night, and also the pavement area on Church Road at the corner of Station Road over the top of the railway line.

If parking close to their home/work is difficult, then tough, I’m afraid they shouldn’t be blocking the pavements full stop.

They will all say that pedestrians have enough room to get around them, but that’s not the point.

None of them should be parked on the pavement at any time and some of them are actually contravening the double yellow lines at the kerbside where they park and should be ticketed as such, although I don’t think I have ever seen a ticket on any of them at any time, so the parking wardens are not doing their job, either.

We all regularly hear tales of woe regarding people being ticketed for overstaying in car parks and at the roadside, but at least those vehicles are parked in designated areas for cars and are not deliberately parked on stretches of pavement.

A comment from the local traffic/parking enforcement authorities would be most welcome.

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