New en­force­ment of­fi­cer to tackle il­le­gal park­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By ASHA ME­HTA

DISABLEDres­i­dentsplagued by park­ing chaos and prob­lems with ac­cess have scored a vic­tory in their cam­paign.

Peo­ple liv­ing in the Pav­il­ions care home in Alma Road, Mill­field, Peter­bor­ough, wel­comed the news that a new en­force­ment of­fi­cer would be crack­ing down on peo­ple park­ing il­le­gally in the area.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil of­fi­cers have also promised to look into pro­vid­ing dropped kerbs and tac­tile pads to make it eas­ier for wheel­chair users to nav­i­gate their way around.

Mick Rear­don (72), who lives in the Pav­il­ions, is reg­is­tered dis­abled and has dif­fi­culty walk­ing. He has fallen on pave­ments in the area three times try­ing to get round cars parked on dou­ble yel­low lines. And he said the 12 wheel­chair users at his res­i­den­tial home have had trou­ble get­ting to the med­i­cal cen­tre in St Martin’s Street safely be­cause of traf­fic and the lack of a dropped kerb op­po­site.

He said: “Alma Road is a night­mare. Peo­ple just seem to ig­nore dou­ble yel­low lines and it is dif­fi­cult for peo­ple in wheel­chairs to get past.

“The junc­tion with Lin­coln Road is quite wide and used by driv­ers to do Uturns. It is quite dan­ger­ous.

“It’s good they now have an en­force­ment of­fi­cer to cover Lin­coln Road from Somer­field up to the Triangle.”

The Labour Party rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Park ward John Shear­man, who has been one of those press­ing for im­prove­ments, said the de­vel­op­ments were good news. He re­cently toured the area us­ing a bat­tery-pow­ered wheel­chair with Mr Rear­don and was shocked at the state of the roads and ac­ces­si­bil­ity prob­lems.

He said: “We are pleased with the progress af­ter the meet­ing on Tues­day (June 1).

“There are ter­ri­ble park­ing is­sues at the junc­tion. Peo­ple are park­ing on dou­ble yel­low lines and dou­ble park­ing on ei­ther side. Hope­fully, the of­fi­cer will help that.”

He added: “My short tour was a most de­press­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and full of un­nec­es­sary haz­ards for wheel­chair users.

“The coun­cil said they have ap­pointed a ded­i­cated of­fi­cer for Lin­coln Road and they are go­ing to build a mini-is­land on Lin­coln Road close to the junc­tion. Tac­tile pads needed re­plac­ing at the pedes­trian cross­ing and this is go­ing to be done.

“They are also look­ing into as­sess­ing the need for dropped kerbs.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said they would be meet­ing res­i­dents again to work to­wards a so­lu­tion.

CON­CERN: Mick Rear­don (72), left, with Mick Cat­ter­mole (76) who are fed up with in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing near their home. (METP-05-06-10PF300)

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