THE “real and growing problem” of parking on pavements could be heading in the direction of the new Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The issue was raised by County Hall Lib Dem leader Cllr Sue Proctor (Boughton Heath & Vicars Cross) and Cllr Molly Hale (Lib Dem, Hoole & Newton) in a motion to a full meeting of Cheshire County Council.
Footways and verges are being damaged by parked vehicles and this can result in falls by pedestrians and damage to underground services, argue the councillors.
“Parking on footways and verges hinders pedestrians of all ages including children, people with baby buggies and wheelchairs and those with visual impairment.
“Pedestrians are forced to take risks by using the road rather than the footway if the footway is blocked,” they say.
A report drawn up by road safety manager Richard Nickson says: “Parking vehicles on the footway is an activity which has become almost the norm for many drivers.”
Usually the problem is worse in heavily built-up areas.
He is recommending to a County Hall meeting on Monday, November 10 that executive member for highways and transportation Cllr Eveleigh Moore Dutton (Con, Broxton) should recognise that parking on the footway is a “real and growing problem”.
The issue causes inconvenience and obstruction for many people although Mr Nickson adds there do not appear to be any locations where road safety is affected or evidence of a widespread problem.
He suggests the police should be urged to take action where obstruction or driving on the footway is seen and that the Cheshire West and Chester Council should be asked to deal with the matter.