Wardens call to put end to lazy parking

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Calls have been made for more traffic wardens in St Annes amid claims that too many motorists are taking liberties over town centre parking.

And there have even been suggestions that in some cases erratic and illegal parking could be a potential cause of road accidents.

While traffic wardens have not always been a popular sight among motorists trying to park, some fear that there are real problems when they are not around.

St Annes resident Gordon Ashworth, 68, believes the absence of wardens around not only the town centre but around St Leonard’s Road in particular is causing motorists to park more carelessly – and dangerously.

Mr Ashworth said: “There have been ore or two accidents over the past year which may even have been caused by bad parking because it affects driver vision on the road.

“Some people are just parking up on pavements and in stupid places and at the moment they seem to be getting away with it.

“They even park on double yellow lines and yet you see no sign of any traffic wardens.”

At the Pavilion Cafe at Ashton Gardens, on St George’s Road, proprietor Sarah Freeman said: “You never see a traffic warden around here.

“There is parking on double yellow lines and they even park illegally on the front of Ashton Gardens.

“Around Sainsbury’s there are people parking all over the place.”

But businesswoman Jayne Callaghan, who runs The Attik antique shop on Orchard Road, said there are enough wardens but they not be enforcing the rules.

Fylde Council said on-street parking issues were administered by Lancashire County Council, which is investigating.