Park­ing mad!


Derby Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By NIGEL SLATER

THOUGHTLESS and dan­ger­ous match­day driv­ers have ig­nored a bad park­ing crack­down – de­spite 100 fines be­ing handed out.

Derby County fans who left their cars in il­le­gal or in­con­sid­er­ate spots in Chad­des­den, Wil­mor­ton and parts of Al­vas­ton were tar­geted – and will con­tinue to be so, say au­thor­i­ties.

SHOCK­ING park­ing on Derby County match­days con­tin­ues to be a big prob­lem in Chad­des­den de­spite a clampdown which has re­sulted in fines for mo­torists.

Since Au­gust, po­lice, traf­fic en­force­ment of­fi­cers, fire­fight­ers and oth­ers in the com­mu­nity have been pa­trolling the streets ahead of the Rams’ home games.

More than 100 peo­ple have been fined since Derby City Coun­cil launched the crack­down.

But pic­tures re­leased on so­cial me­dia after the Rams’ game against Swansea last week­end show mo­torists are ig­nor­ing it.

And Chad­des­den coun­cil­lor Rob Cooper said the prob­lem was ‘spread­ing.’

He said im­prove­ments to match­day park­ing had been made in pri­or­ity ar­eas such as Meadow Lane, but there was a lot of work to do as other ar­eas were now be­ing af­fected.

He said: “In ar­eas such as High­field Lane and Meadow Lane, driv­ers have got the mes­sage be­cause en­force­ment of­fi­cers have been go­ing down there reg­u­larly.

“But now our con­cerns are that the is­sue is spread­ing to other ar­eas. We are mon­i­tor­ing what the spread ef­fect is at ar­eas like Foyle Av­enue and Water­ford Drive, and have high­lighted to the high­ways depart­ment the need for more junc­tion pro­tec­tion ar­eas.

“We are keen to work with res­i­dents to help the sit­u­a­tion. All the things we are try­ing to do will never cure the prob­lem but we are try­ing to make things bet­ter.”

Ac­tion was taken in Chad­des­den, Wil­mor­ton and parts of Al­vas­ton fol­low­ing com­plaints from res­i­dents who were fed up of cars block­ing drive­ways and pave­ments and not leav­ing enough space for emer­gency ve­hi­cles to get through.

Derby County also warned sup­port­ers on their web­site about the prob­lems of park­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly.

De­spite this, mo­torists are still park ing in dan­ger­ous and in­con­sid­er­ate places as they rush to get to the match.

Pic­tures on so­cial me­dia from a pa­trol run in Chad­des­den be­fore the Rams’ game against Swansea show cars parked at the cor­ners of junc­tions and on pave­ments.

One im­age shows a car parked at a Chad­des­den road junc­tion in a way that would make it dif­fi­cult for a fire en­gine to get past.

Other images show cars parked on pave­ments and block­ing drop kerbs which al­low pedes­tri­ans and dis­abled peo­ple to cross the road.

It is not known whether the of­fend­ing mo­torists re­ceived fines.

Pa­trols will be out in force ahead of Derby’s match against Not­ting­ham For­est on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Smale, cab­i­net mem­ber for neigh­bour­hoods and Street­pride, said: “After speak­ing with park­ing ser­vices we have en­hanced the nor­mal level of pa­trols for the Derby v For­est match. As the game is likely to at­tract a large crowd, we will have three mo­bile pa­trols on duty so we can cope with what is likely to be a large de­mand on park­ing.”

Are you still hav­ing prob­lems with match­day park­ing? Let us know by email­ing news­[email protected]­bytele­ or call us on 01332 411999

Now our con­cerns are that the is­sue is spread­ing to other ar­eas. Rob Cooper

THE for­mer Ce­lanese site in Spon­don is be­ing con­sid­ered by Derby City Coun­cil as a po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion for a new ‘park and ride’.

The coun­cil is look­ing at ways to cut traf­fic on the eastern side of Derby, and a firm plan is ex­pected by the end of next year.

It is not clear where buses would travel to but Not­ting­ham could be in­cluded in the scheme.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “A pro­posal for a new park and ride site in Spon­don is in the early stages of de­vel­op­ment as part of the joint Sus­tain­able Trans­port Bid with Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil, which will be sub­mit­ted to­wards the end of 2019.”

The 10-acre for­mer Ce­lanese site dates back to 1916, when the ac­etate coat­ing fac­tory was founded.

More than 20,000 peo­ple were em­ployed there by the mid-1930s.

In 1950, the man­u­fac­ture of ma­te­ri­als used in cig­a­rette fil­ters be­gan and would be­come the fac­tory’s pri­mary prod­uct.

Over the years, the plant changed hands sev­eral times. It was ac­quired by Dal­las-based Ce­lanese in 2007.

In 2010, it was an­nounced that the fac­tory would close the fol­low­ing year, although the Ja­panese earth­quake and tsunami in­ter­rupted the sup­ply of ac­etate flake and tow in the Far East so the de­ci­sion was taken to keep the Spon­don plant open un­til the end of 2012.

The site has since been de­mol­ished and cleared.

Cars parked on pave­ments and cor­ners in Chad­des­den

Shock­ing match­day park­ing re­mains a big prob­lem in Chad­des­den

This driver parked on a pave­ment, par­tially block­ing the dropped kerb in­stalled to help pedes­tri­ans and dis­abled peo­ple cross the road.

A car parked on a junc­tion be­fore last Satur­day’s match

Ve­hi­cles too close to a junc­tion

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