Crackdown on illegal parking

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A CRACKDOWN has been launched to tackle the illegal parking making shoppers’ lives a misery.

Motorists who flout the double yellow lines on St Alban’s Road, in St Annes, are now set to be slapped with fines after a flood of complaints about inconsiderate drivers blocking the pavement.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, who represents the area, said: “The trouble is drivers are not only parking on forecourts they are parking on the pavements.

“When I was canvassing for the elections I had a number of people, particularly one blind person, who said he didn’t go down there anymore because he was fearful of the cars and they blocked the pavement.

“It’s just a free for all down there, it’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Community beat manager PC Mike Schouteten, who is in charge of the crackdown, said: “This is an issue which is frequently raised by residents at our PACT meetings. “Vehicles are mounting the pavement outside the shops on St Albans Rd and are then parking haphazardly, causing obstructions to pedestrians – particularly those with wheelchairs or prams.

“These motorists are blatantly ignoring the double yellow lines which suggest it is not safe to park in this area and are then breaking the law by driving on to the pavement, putting others at risk as they do so.”

And Coun Fazackerley is now bidding on behalf of the Central Ward PACT for two large planters, which it is hoped can be placed on the forecourt outside the One Stop Shop to prevent motorists parking there.

The planters cost £500 each, with half the money due to come from a police grant awarded to the St Albans Road Regeneration project, Shaping Places, back in 2009.