Coun­cils want to kerb thought­less park­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Mo­torists in the cap­i­tal have been banned from park­ing on the kerb for the past 40 years, the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (LGA) stated.

Now the LGA, which rep­re­sents 370 coun­cils in Eng­land and Wales, say coun­cils across the coun­try are des­per­ate for sim­i­lar pow­ers.

It is hoped this will free up con­gested pave­ments and re­duce the risk for pedes­tri­ans, par­tic­u­larly the blind and par­ents with prams, from sion.

LGA trans­port spokesman Coun­cil­lor Martin Tett, leader of Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil, said: “Coun­cils in the cap­i­tal have been able to ban pave­ment park­ing for many years.

“It seems a non­sense that lo­cal au­thor­i­ties out­side Lon­don re­main un­able to do this.”

Cllr Tett said lo­cal au­thor­i­ties needed the power to re­spond to con­cerns raised in their com­mu­ni­ties.

LGA ex­am­ples in­clude if a street is be­com­ing dan­ger­ously con­gested or pedes­tri­ans are be­ing forced to step out into the street to get around parked ve­hi­cles. colli-

“This is par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous for blind or par­tially-sighted peo­ple and mums and dads with prams,” he said.

“Pave­ment park­ing and dam­aged pave­ments is one of the big­gest com­plaints from pedes­tri­ans.

“In ad­di­tion, re­pair­ing kerbs, verges and pave- ments dam­aged by pave­ment park­ing is ex­pen­sive at a time when coun­cils con­tinue to face huge funding pres­sures as a re­sult of fur­ther cuts to funding from gov­ern­ment.

“The money spent on this would be bet­ter used to plug the £12 bil­lion roads re­pair bill we cur- rently face as a na­tion.”

Cllr Tett added the move would pro­vide a “more con­sis­tent ap­proach” for all road users, re­gard­less of where they live and work.

“Coun­cils would care­fully con­sult with com­mu­ni­ties be­fore ban­ning pave­ment park­ing and this is done spar­ingly in re­sponse to con­cerns which they have raised,” he said. This will en­able them to bet­ter pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble pedes­tri­ans and pro­vide a more con­sis­tent ap­proach for all road users.”

Ex­ist­ing park­ing mea­sures in Lon­don mean driv­ers are barred from pave­ment park­ing un­less per­mit­ted by the coun­cil.

How­ever, out­side the cap­i­tal, mount­ing on the kerb is gen­er­ally al­lowed un­less mo­torists are caus­ing an ob­struc­tion, or on roads with other re­stric­tions such as dou­ble-yel­low lines.

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