New enforcement officer to tackle illegal parking
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)