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Park Properly In Warrington Or You'll Be Fined

Motorists have been warned they could face action following serious concerns over ‘inconsiderate’ pavement parking.

Former Mayor of Warrington Geoff Settle, chair of Warrington Visually Impaired People (WVIP), has expressed fears over the issue.

He also warned the proposals set out in the draft local plan will make the problem worse, particularly for WVIP members.

“Many are hard of hearing, slow to react and, if they fall and break or chip a bone, they can be incapacitated for several months and lose their confidence,” he said.

“Some have a walking frame and a couple a guide dog.”

Furthermore, Mr Settle says having a young grandson has made him aware of the difficulties family members are faced with when vehicles park on the pavement and leave a narrow gap.

He added: “It’s very difficult to squeeze a buggy through without scratching the car.

“It’s not okay, it’s thoughtless and inconsiderate.

“There are just too many cars on inadequate road and, with the local plan expected to add thousands more, there is no sign of the problem going away anytime soon.”

Warrington Borough Council has responded to Mr Settle.

A spokesman said vehicles parked on pavements can cause safety issues by restricting the passage of pedestrians, as well as damaging verges, pavements and utility equipment.

“They can also impact vulnerable people, including wheelchair users, the visually impaired and children in prams,” he added.

“We work with the police to keep verges, footways and footpaths clear of obstructions.

“Police have enforcement powers to target offenders – either those driving on the footway, or those wilfully causing obstructions.

“However, enforcing all verge and footway parking isn’t possible due to the varied reasons for the parking taking place, as well as each location having a unique road environment.

“Preventing all pavement and verge parking may have a negative impact, such as obstruction of the carriageway, preventing access for emergency service vehicles.

“If you see an obvious obstruction in place, please call Cheshire Police on the non-emergency number 101.
“All concerns are assessed and if appropriate, action will be taken.”

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