Night­mare will get worse

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AS well as look­ing to sort out the res­i­dents park­ing in Blair Grove, the author­i­ties need to look at the com­muters who park on Me­ols Cop bridge, on the Poul­ton Road side.

Some­times this park­ing is on both sides of the road which makes it dif­fi­cult for two cars to pass.

Traf­fic has in­creased in the area, and will con­tinue to do so, with the ex­tra classes at Nor­wood Pri­mary school. Par­ents are now park­ing on the bridge to then walk their chil­dren down to school. The Here­ford Road end of Nor­wood Cres­cent is a night­mare at drop off and pick up times.

Just try­ing to be con­struc­tive, some­thing needs do­ing as mat­ters are only go­ing to get worse.

Ge­orge via email

PAVE­MENT PARK­ING

JUST for con­sid­er­a­tion on the park­ing is­sue: It ap­pears our over-dili­gent park­ing at­ten­dants and com­mu­nity po­lice ‘turn a blind eye’ to the nu­mer­ous com­muters who desert their ve­hi­cles half on and half off the pave­ment in th­ese ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly on Nor­wood Av­enue, as close to the sta­tion as pos­si­ble.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to com­mon knowl­edge it is not il­le­gal to park on the pave­ment in most parts of the UK but it is an of­fence to drive on the pave­ment.

Clearly it is not pos­si­ble to park on the pave­ment with­out driv­ing on it but it is harder for the author­i­ties to prove who ac­tu­ally drove onto the pave­ment.

It would be sim­ple to leg­is­late to make it il­le­gal to be parked on the pave­ment but, un­til now, the author­i­ties seem re­luc­tant to act, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

The High­way Code rule 244 says “You MUST NOT park par­tially or wholly on the pave­ment in Lon­don, and should not do so else­where un­less signs per­mit it. Park­ing on the pave­ment can ob­struct and se­ri­ously in­con­ve­nience pedes­tri­ans, peo­ple in wheel­chairs or with vis­ual im­pair­ments and peo­ple with prams or pushchairs”.

‘Should not’ is code for it not be­ing il­le­gal.

But, if you stand around Me­ols Cop sta­tion, at peak com­muter times and, in par­tic­u­lar, school open­ing and clos­ing times, any log­i­cal per­son will ob­serve that th­ese in­con­sid­er­ately parked cars strad­dling the pave­ment and road do pro­vide haz­ards for both pedes­tri­ans and road users.

If a pre­ferred park­ing scheme is in­tro­duced for home­own­ers in the ad­join­ing streets to Me­ols Cop sta­tion, which I be­lieve is nec­es­sary, po­ten­tially even more com­muters will leave their ve­hi­cles on Nor­wood Av­enue, Bis­pham Road and Tithe­barn Road.

I be­lieve, we shall then re­sort to the old adage, “noth­ing will be done un­til some­one is se­ri­ously in­jured or killed”... any new leg­is­la­tion, there­fore, needs think­ing through very care­fully. Eric Mor­ris South­port

SHAME DOG OWN­ERS

I HAVE come to the dis­turb­ing con­clu­sion that those who bag their dogs waste and dump it on the near­est wall or ground do this know­ing that it will not biode­grade, like un­bagged waste.

In­stead, it will rot in the bag, build­ing stink­ing gas and germs, un­til it bursts.

As this is far nas­tier than just leav­ing the waste, I can only con­clude that it’s done on pur­pose.

If you go to the trou­ble of bag­ging it why not just put it in the near­est bin?

If I had my way, their dogs would be taken off them and given to re­spon­si­ble own­ers, along with a 10 year ban on keep­ing pets to think about their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

I came across three such bags re­cently, more than nor­mal but it drove me to write this.

You are self­ish and self-cen­tered in­di­vid­u­als.

You should also have your pho­to­graphs in the pa­per so your friends will know what you are do­ing.

An easy way to deal with this is the dog’s DNA to be in a reg­is­ter with the own­ers de­tails, funded by a dog li­cence.

When filth is found it would be cheap and quick to find the owner

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