Police warning on problem parking

Police are advising motorists to be aware of other road users when parking on Norcross Lane (below) and (above) the popular car boot held off the road.
Police are advising motorists to be aware of other road users when parking on Norcross Lane (below) and (above) the popular car boot held off the road.
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Visitors to a car boot sale have been warned they face being fined if they keep parking on pavements around the site.

The police warning follows a string of complaints made to officers by residents who say people visiting the Norcross Car Boot Sale are clogging up pavements with their cars and forcing people to walk in the road.

Police are advising motorists to be aware of other road users when parking on Norcross Lane.

Police are advising motorists to be aware of other road users when parking on Norcross Lane.

The problem is focussed on the pavement near the junction of Norcross Lane and Amounderness Way.

But both car boot sale organisers and Circus Mondao, which has set up camp on the Norcross fields for two weeks, have said they have seen few problems on the stretch.

Reports suggest cars have been regularly parking on the pavement, causing pedestrians to walk in the road into oncoming traffic.

PCSO Sharon Hill, of Cleveleys Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There are obvious safety issues here; pedestrians have to use the road as the pavement is being blocked and drivers’ ability to see pedestrians in the road is obscured by the fact they are driving over the crest of a hill.

“We advise the parking of motor vehicles on the pavement is illegal. In the first instance, we will be speaking to the organisers of the car boot sale to help rectify this matter, but if these offences continue to occur, we will enforce any offences in the area, all of which are actionable by fixed penalty and, if necessary, removal of the vehicle.”

But car boot sale organiser Steve Caunce said the problem is not of his making.

He said: “The police have never approached us about this. We’ve more than enough parking and we’ve put no waiting cones on the road outside.

“It’s because people are parking there to get tickets for the circus. It’s not in connection with the car boot sale.”

Circus ringmistress Petra Jackson said when they have seen parking problems the circus they have been quick to ask people to move vehicles to designated parking areas.

She added: “All our patrons are told parking is in the field at the back. On Thursday there were a couple of people who had parked there but we made an announcement in the show [about parking places].

“We’ve haven’t been made aware by the police about anything.”

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