DOZENS OF FINES HANDED OUT BUT MATCHDAY PROBLEM PERSISTS
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.”
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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