I AM not a motorist, but feel I must stick up for recently criticised drivers who park on pavements and verges.
The majority of people parking partly or fully off-road are doing so to allow safe passing space for other vehicles, and generally do not cause havoc for pedestrians.
Those responsible for causing maximum danger are those who design our highways.
Why is the pavement on Westcliffe Drive in Layton wider than the road itself, for example, and why could proper parking bays not have been set into Red Bank Road’s grass verges?
Instead the grass-protecting high kerbs now on both sides of the road will almost certainly mean scrapes with parked cars during the Illuminations traffic or, worse still, accidents with cyclists or people getting out of vehicles.
Some car doors will not open over the kerbs meaning parking even further into the path of coaches and lorries.
The council must help instead of hinder safe parking, and think more about protecting lives instead of a few blades of grass – and those moaning about cars on the pavements need some extra common sense too.
I am sure that a visit to any other European country where pavements are filled with parked cars, chairs, tables, bins etc would give a whole new light on how societies can live and work together.
AFTER walking my dog on the beautifully maintained pitch and putt course at Fleetwood, I went to the poo box, but searched in vain.
On inquiring at the cabin for hiring clubs, I was told it had been stolen. Not only that, but the contents of the box had been scattered over the course.
This bin had disappeared. I was told very nicely dogs were now prohibited, but the sign to that effect had also disappeared.
I made a quick getaway, and realised that at last Wyre Council had decided to close some sites mainly, I would think, because so many dog walkers still won’t pick up.
So many of us will be penalised for the few.
WHOEVER is responsible for implementing the new system in the toilets at Lowther Pavilion?
Firstly, you have to obtain a key from inside the cafe to gain entry to the toilets. Once inside, you have to get out by pressing an electrically– operated button.
A few people have spoken to tell me the button does not always work. They then had to bang on the window to be let out.
The majority of people who visit the pavilion are elderly, none of which are blessed with the best plumbing system in the world, and they may need to use the toilet quickly.
I haven’t touched upon mums with young children who want to go to the toilet immediately, or what happens when crowds of people go to functions there?
Obviously they have introduced this system to stop people using the toilets who have not used the pavilion’s facilities. Badly thought out – all they have to do is go through the cafe!