By Ian Dipple Monday 23 September 2013 Updated: 23/09 11:45
PATROLS are set to be increased around Alcester as part of a crackdown on pavement parking.
Stratford District Council has announced the move after concerns were raised at a recent Alcester Town Council meeting about the increasing number of vehicles parking on the town's streets.
There were also claims the issue was getting out of hand because of a lack of patrols by parking wardens in Alcester.
Coun Susan Juned, who represents the town on the district council, said she alone had been contacted by five different people about the issue.
"The police, district and county council have not been terribly helpful.
"It depends on enforcement and we rarely see traffic wardens in Alcester. Parking on pavements does cause many problems, it can be an obstruction but it can be very difficult if you are disabled or pushing a pram."
In the past signs have been put up in some streets to deter motorists with some success and town and district councillor Eric Payne said he had raised the issue with a police community support officer.
The district council has announced its intention to crackdown on pavement parking across the area. Where there is a parking restriction in place, such as a double or single yellow line, the council has the power to enforce and has promised in the coming weeks to make tackling the issue a priority. Where there is no restriction the issue is a police matter as it constitutes an obstruction and not a breach of parking rules.
A spokeswoman for Stratford District Council said parking wardens had visited Alcester ten times during August and the same frequency was largely maintained on a monthly basis.
"The parking team is now aware of the comments from Alcester Town Council and where possible patrols will be increased, in light of these comments and the crackdown on pavement parking, where there is a parking restriction."
Coun Lynda Organ, responsible for technical services on the council, said there were many reasons why pavement parking was dangerous including reduced visibility and it also damaged streets and grass verges which had to be repaired at the taxpayers' expense.
"Many residents contact me about thoughtless and dangerous parking, especially on pavements where pedestrians are forced into the road to get past. Pavements and footpaths are put down for pedestrians to use, not motorists. People may be unaware that yellow lines on the road also mean parking restrictions apply on pavements and verges and will incur the same penalty charge notice."
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