Posted: 28.11.20 at 12:04 by The Editor
TROWBRIDGE Police have had an increase in complaints about drivers parking their cars on the pavements on the town.
And it is just not pavements but parking at junctions and opposite pedestrian crossings that have seen a spike in complaints.
School pupils are particularly at risk from this when they have to walk out on the road because cars are parked on pavements.
The requirement is to provide a minimum of 1.5 metres for pedestrian to pass. This allows space for pushchairs, wheelchairs and people on crutches as well as parents walking with their children.
Failing to do so can lead to drivers being prosecuted for obstruction of the highway.
PC Millis Miller, of the Trowbridge Community Policing Team, said: “We have been made aware of the issues that pedestrians are facing when it comes to parking and would politely ask drivers to think about where they are parking when they stop their vehicles.
“Areas that appear to be hotspots are around College Road Estate with the local college and school, however, it is not just confined to this area.
“With the schools still open during lockdown, more people are using the pavements than before and we ask road users to consider this. While it may seem like the most convenient place for you to stop your vehicle, you are causing a potentially dangerous hazard.
“I’d also like to remind drivers that it is not acceptable to block a junction or to obstruct a pedestrian crossing of any kind, which we are seeing is a particular issue around Grove School.
“Dropped kerbs should also be respected and should not be parked across, denying access for those trying to access their homes and properties.”
Anybody with concerns about parking in your area should contact Wiltshire Council. If you have an immediate problem, call us on 101, and always call 999 in an emergency.