As I walk our streets and avenues, my path is often obstructed by cars and vans, particularly large Transit vans and the like.
I realise that the owners/drivers are trying to be courteous and leave the carriageway free: I appreciate their concern but I ask us all to think again.
My concern has been triggered by a problem caused by this parking.
A near neighbour, using an electric buggy, could not get past my neighbour’s car to get to the shops.
I went to my neighbour, told her about it and she corrected the mistake after that.
However, since then the parking in my area has got worse.
I wonder how the elderly and people with pushchairs (and children) can get past and remain safe?
Last year we had a local referendum on cutting speed limits, off main roads, to 20mph.
It was decided that we would not proceed with the change.
On balance, I was in favour of the reduction, but the law change is unnecessary in any case.
If cars and vans park properly on our roads then, automatically, some chicanes are created and the traffic has to slow.
The existing by-laws should be enforced and I suggest that is relatively easy to do.
I realise there are nightmare roads in the town where the traffic is single file for as much as 400 yards, and maybe this enforcement would create more such bottlenecks.
Though undesirable it does give us an opportunity for the planners to step forward and mark roads to eliminate such problems, and perhaps even create one-way streets to smooth the flow.
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