HIGHWAYS chiefs have agreed to improve warning signs amid claims motorists are being unwittingly caught out by parking restrictions.
Former chief constable of Blackpool Alan Rydeheard says he is continually having to alert drivers trying to park outside his home in Kenwyn Avenue.
He says people are unaware there is a residents-only parking scheme in operation because there are no signs along the road, only at the junctions.
And to make matters worse, one of the signs is partly hidden by a tree.
Kenwyn Avenue is part of the Whitegate Drive residents parking scheme which was introduced 12 months ago.
Mr Rydeheard said: “The signs informing people this is a residents-only parking area are only at the end of the road, but when people are turning in, they can easily miss them.
“In addition, one of the signs is almost completely hidden by an overgrown tree.
“I did not want the scheme and I do not want to see people fined unnecessarily.
“So I am constantly having to open my window and let people know they could get fined for parking here. It’s not fair on families who park up on their way to Stanley Park.
“People are getting innocently ticketed and I don’t like it.”
Now the council has agreed to install additional road markings to make people more aware of the restrictions.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “Since the residents parking scheme was introduced in September 2011 a number of people have told us they didn’t notice the signage that was in place.
“Following these comments we now have additional road markings at all the main junctions that access the scheme.
“Originally we didn’t put the marking on Kenwyn Avenue but now after re-assessing the situation we are going to mark that junction as well.
“We are aware of a tree that has grown over the sign and we are speaking to the owner to ensure it is pruned.
“The scheme has now been operational for almost a year and the number of fixed penalty notices we’ve issued has gone down from 225 a month to 83 which demonstrates that drivers are aware of the new restrictions.”
In July, retired firefighter Stewart Poole was among the motorists to receive a parking ticket when he parked on Cumberland Avenue, which is part of the same residents-only scheme, to visit the NHS centre.
He also called on the council to install clearer signage.
But the council said it was meeting legal requirements.