Park­ing bid

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Pow­ers to pe­nalise peo­ple for park­ing on pave­ments should be handed down to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, the lo­cal author­ity has said.

The coun­cil wants pave­ment park­ing de­crim­i­nalised so their war­dens can is­sue tick­ets in fu­ture.

Pow­ers to pe­nalise peo­ple for park­ing on pave­ments should be handed down to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, the lo­cal author­ity has said.

Cur­rently Po­lice Scot­land is re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing pave­ment park­ing,is­su­ing penal­ties where the ac­tion has caused an ob­struc­tion for pedes­tri­ans or other ve­hi­cles.

But the coun­cil has this week con­firmed it wants pave­ment park­ing de­crim­i­nalised in the same way other park­ing of­fences have been for sev­eral years.

It be­lieves the change would al­low park­ing war­dens to tackle the grow­ing prob­lem in the same way they do park­ing on dou­ble yel­low lines, dou­ble park­ing and fail­ure to pay for park­ing.

The coun­cil made its views known in a re­sponse to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Im­prov­ing Park­ing in Scot­land con­sul­ta­tion.

In a pa­per put be­fore coun­cil­lors at this week’s meeting of the com­mu­nity and en­ter­prise re­sources com­mit­tee, it states: “We be­lieve ob­struc­tive pave­ment park­ing is best man­aged by the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of ex­ist­ing pow­ers in re­la­tion to ob­struc­tive park­ing such that coun­cil of­fi­cers can un­der­take the nec­es­sary en­force­ment.

“An amend­ment to, and clar­i­fi­ca­tion of, cur­rent leg­is­la­tion, with re­spect to who can en­force it, is all that is re­quired.”

But the coun­cil also raised a num­ber of se­ri­ous concerns about how some res­i­dents could avoid park­ing on pave­ments in streets which are too nar­row to al­low cars to park at the side of the road.

The coun­cil added: “It should be noted the vast ma­jor­ity of res­i­den­tial roads are be­low 7.3m width which raises the like­li­hood of hav­ing to as­sess all of them in terms of their suit­abil­ity for some de­gree of pave­ment park­ing.”

Ar­gu­ing this would be an “ex­tremely oner­ous task”, the coun­cil fur­ther high­lighted concerns about pro­cess­ing traf­fic reg­u­la­tion orders for spe­cific ar­eas, po­ten­tial ob­jec­tions and the ad­min­is­tra­tive costs and time in­volved in this.

Andy Dixon, a par­ent and keen cy­clist, says a host of com­plex is­sues lead to pave­ment park­ing in­clud­ing nar­row streets, lack of drive­ways and poor park and ride fa­cil­i­ties.

He said: “With the av­er­age num­ber of cars per house­hold con­tin­u­ing to grow, we see the pave­ments on our subur­ban streets be­gin­ning to get clogged up with parked cars.

“Cas­tle Chim­mins Road is a good ex­am­ple of this. Es­sen­tially a nar­row road that can­not ac­com­mo­date the amount of cars be­ing parked on it. Whilst some cars and vans are parked con­sid­er­ately some are not, mean­ing that the pave­ment is es­sen­tially blocked by the ve­hi­cle.

“The im­pact of ob­struc­tions on the users of pedes­trian walk­ways is tan­gi­ble and im­pacts those on mo­bil­ity scoot­ers, par­ents with prams or groups of kids.

“Whilst it is il­le­gal to drive on the pave­ment and il­le­gal to ob­struct a pave­ment, the po­lice don’t seem at all keen on en­forc­ing th­ese laws mean­ing that the is­sue, where it is at it’s most acute, is es­sen­tially tol­er­ated which re­sults in a grow­ing prob­lem.”

Safety Cy­clist Andy Dixon is pas­sion­ate about road safety

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