Why is it that some people seem to have little or no regard for the areas in which they live or visit.
There are campaigns about litter and dog fouling and Wirral Council employ a private company to dole out tickets and fines for both. Whilst this is commendable, good and proper, even if upward of eighty percent are to the elderly and middle aged women for cigarette ends, one issue of an idiot delivery driver can cause so much more of an ugly act of wanton vandalism.
At the time of this delivery in Lyndale road in Eastham there were no parked cars or obstructions of any kind forcing the driver to mount the verge and park to unload on the pavement. He has actually driven along the verge for some way before stopping to unload his cargo.
The culprit is from a firm called “Wren Kitchens.” who have been traced and reported to the relevant council department. I am insisting that they be held to account for their actions and pursued for restitution.
While outlawed across London since 1974, it is still completely legal in the rest of country.
The Local Government Association hopes to change this by asking the Government to give councils powers to enforce a ban that could see drivers prevented from parking on any part of the pavement, including kerbs. local authorities need this power to respond to concerns raised by their communities, for example if a street is becoming dangerously congested or pedestrians are being forced to step out into the street to get round parked vehicles. which is particularly dangerous for blind or partially sighted people, mobility scooters, wheelchair users and parents with prams and strollers.
Existing rules mean that councils have to catch people as they park, which is time-consuming, bureaucratic and expensive.
How does the pavement parking ban in London work?
Parking on pavements has been banned in London since the 1974 Greater London Council (General Powers) Act. The act forbids motorists to park on urban roads in the capital with their car’s wheels resting on footways, grass verges or land between carriageways.There are exceptions to this rule in some areas. These are clearly marked with special blue parking signs, showing a car with one wheel on the kerb. Other times, parking bays drawn out with white lines extending onto footways to show that parking there is permitted. In areas where it is not allowed, the law provides protection for certain circumstances, such as drivers who are unloading goods, putting out a fire or saving someone’s life. Those who break the rules can be subject to a fine.
It says: “Pavements are for people to walk on.
Pavements are not designed to carry the weight of vehicles, and the added maintenance cost of repairing cracked and damaged paving adds an unnecessary financial burden to already cash-strapped councils.