Bad parking risking lives

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LAZY drivers are being warned someone could be killed if they continue to recklessly park on pavements.

Drivers popping into the shops are believed to be the main culprits on St Alban’s Road, St Annes, where local residents are fed up of dodging parked cars.

A bid was made to deter motorists by placing large planters and signs – and now the police are warning they will fine motorists who step out of line.

Local Coun Sue Fazackerley, who has repeatedly called for action on the issue, said: “This is an on-going saga and it’s very frustrating that whatever we seem to do has no effect.

“People are so selfish when they park on the pavements and they do it whether there are free spaces (at the roadside) or not.

“People are within an inch of their lives sometimes – we’ve had two incidents when people have been touched by cars pulling on to the pavements and it’s a real problem.”

The issue is repeatedly raised at the area’s central ward PACT meetings – where residents and councillors meet with police - and has now been flagged by concerned residents on Fylde Council’s internet forum.

Coun Fazackerley added: “We don’t want it to be a case of waiting until somebody is killed for something to be done. There are a lot of elderly people live around that part of St Annes.”

And Fylde’s geographic police inspector has stressed finding a solution to the problem is a priority.

Insp Keith Ogle, of Blackpool Police, said: “We’re dealing with the issue with Lancashire County’s parking services.

“It is anti-social, it is inconsiderate and people who are parking on pavements will be causing an obstruction and will be given a ticket.”