16th Dec, 2019

Droitwich residents hit out at 'parking on the pavements' menace

THE ISSUE of people parking on pavements in Droitwich was brought up at the annual Town Meeting last night.

Resident Mike Hill asked about drivers obstructing pathways and whether it was the responsibility of the police or Wychavon District Council to deal with.

He said he was concerned after seeing many instances where older people, people in wheelchairs or mums in pushchairs would struggle to get by because of inconsiderate parking.

There were councillors, a police representative and Vic Allison, the deputy managing director of Wychavon District Council, present at the meeting.

Mr Allison said because of a ‘decriminalised parking policy’ in the district any parking on double yellow lines or other restrictions would be the responsibility of Wychavon and people should call the council so enforcement officers could be sent out to ticket those offending.

But, if there were no lines or restrictions and the vehicle was causing an obstruction on the pavement then residents should contact the police on 101 to report the incident.

It was, however, stipulated that the person reporting the incident would have to prove there was an obstruction and they could not get through.

Another concern was raised about Ombersley Way.

A resident said he was about parents parking irresponsibly whilst dropping their children off at school as it had led to the grass verges being ripped up, making the area look awful and unsightly.

Mr Allison said it would be up to the land-owner, whether that be a private landlord or the county council, to prevent parking on the verges.

* WHAT do you think? Do you think parking on pavements and grass verges is a problem in Droitwich? Are there any areas you feel are particularly bad? Email your views to editor@droitwichstandard.co.uk/

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