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Wirral car parking crackdown 'a joke' says irate householder
A campaign to get tough on rogue parking in the peninsula has been condemned as “a joke.”
Irate Greasby resident Barry Brown has clashed with the local authority over his claims that cars parked across grass verges and pedestrian walkways were causing damage.
In July, Wirral Council launched a supposed crackdown on pavement parking, saying it caused danger to pedestrians and traffic and would not be tolerated.
Mr Brown insists the situation along Arrowe Road, Greasby is particularly bad and has called for “no parking “ signs to be introduced.
He said: “I believe not a single vehicle parked along Arrowe Road has had a fixed penalty or even a parking warning notice from either police or council.
“The council say a lot but do absolutely nothing to eradicate these issues.
“Until now I haven’t made any headway with the town hall – it’s a joke to say the least.”
“The replies I get back from a council officer say the cars are not obstructing any other vehicle or person. So is he saying it’s OK to park 100% off road?
“He talks about obstruction, while I talk about damage to grass verges, pavements and underground services which is costing the public extra money on council bills.”
Councillor Harry Smith, Wirral Council cabinet member for streetscene and transport services, warned the activity was not condoned and that action was taken where the authority could prove that damage had been caused to verged and pavements.
He said: “Some drivers think it is okay to park on pavements despite it causing restrictions to parents with prams, pedestrians and people using mobility vehicles.
“This is against the law - as is driving along or on to footways – and people can be prosecuted.
“In July the department launched a campaign about these issues and a number of warning notices have been issued to drivers causing obstruction.”
He continued: “Officers have visited Arrowe Road on five occasions since September. On two visits there were no vehicles contravening regulations.
“On the other visits some vehicles were seen on verges or footways, but there were no examples of obstructive parking.”
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