Slammed for parking on the pavements in Burnside area
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