Slammed for park­ing on the pave­ments in Burn­side area

Rutherglen Reformer - - NEWS - Will Hen­shaw

Burn­side res­i­dents have hit out at “in­con­sid­er­ate” mo­torists park­ing on pave­ments.

In sev­eral streets in Burn­side, par­tic­u­larly South­hill Av­enue and Spring­field Park Road, driv­ers of­ten park on the pave­ment at ei­ther side of the streets.

This has led to res­i­dents call­ing on stricter mea­sures to be taken. They say it can of­ten be dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate round the cars if you have a buggy or are dis­abled.

Wil­liam Kelly (67), who stays in the area, said: “It’s pretty bad. You see women strug­gle some­times if they’ve got a pram, some­times they have to walk on the road.

“It can be hard to drive down some streets in Burn­side. They’re so con­gested with cars you’re fright­ened you scrape or dam­age a car. Some peo­ple are just in­con­sid­er­ate.”

The is­sue has also pre­vi­ously cropped up at meet­ings of Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil. Mal­colm Pig­got, a mem­ber of the group, has pre­vi­ously said of the mat­ter: “We have had com­plaints about it be­fore.

“It be­comes an is­sue, es­pe­cially if peo­ple are dis­abled or are vis­ually im­paired.

“It can also make it dif­fi­cult to drive down the streets if there are cars parked on ei­ther side.

“If you come down the street and there a car at the other end you have to pull in to let them go past.

“Some­times there’s not even enough space to do that and you have to re­verse back some dis­tance.”

Head of roads and trans­porta­tion for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Gor­don Mackay, said: ” Park­ing prob­lems such as those de­scribed are caused by in­creas­ing car own­er­ship in some high-den­sity ar­eas which were built at a time when there was not a need to ac­com­mo­date the num­ber of cars which are present to­day.

“The ab­sence of yel­low lines does not le­git­imise in­ap­pro­pri­ate ve­hi­cle park­ing. The po­lice have the nec­es­sary pow­ers to deal with ob­struc­tive park­ing.”

Park­ing strife There have been com­plaints over peo­ple park­ing on pave­ments in Burn­side streets, such as Spring­field Park Road, seen here

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