Nightmare will get worse
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
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