Wirral counting the cost of pavement parkers

Wirral Globe: Wirral counting the cost of pavement parkers Wirral counting the cost of pavement parkers

WIRRAL'S walkways are cracking up under the impact of illegally parked cars, a report has revealed.

Pavement and verge parking in the borough costs in the region of £40,000 a year – most of which is spent on repairs to flagged footways.

Wirral Council can take action to recover the cost of repairs through the Magistrates’ Court if it can be proved that damage to surfaces was caused by individual drivers.

But councillors have been told that within current legislation no further action is normally taken against offending motorists where sufficient room is left for free passage and cars are parked so as not to cause danger or identifiable damage.

Members of Wirral Council’s regeneration and environment policy and performance committee have been told that to date 100 warning leaflets have been issued relating to obstructive pavement parking – but no persistent offenders have been identified to involve further police intervention.

The report comments: “The issue is particularly sensitive for the public and members alike and is the subject of many inquiries to Streetscene.

“Parkers are generally aware that they should not be parking on the pavement or verge, but they persists for a variety of reasons.

"Pavement and verge parking is a major problem at peak times outside most of the schools in the borough.”

Several pilot verge and pavement schemes have been introduced across the borough which have been “reasonably well “respected by motorists.

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4:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Roadie says...

About time to! ban the Chelsea Tractors!
About time to! ban the Chelsea Tractors! Roadie
  • Score: 6

8:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

JimmyMercury says...

Oh the irony. Have you seen the state of some of our roads? How dare those pesky motorists drive on them and cause so much damage! Never mind, the Council will use the cash from parking offence fines to repair them according to one Councillor I heard this week. I believe that one particularly bad road is ear marked for repair in 2015 providing there is cash to do it. Yes, a full year and lots of possible claims from motorists for damage to their vehicles in the mean time.

In a lot of areas, pavement parking is a must. Many of our roads are Victorian and designed for horses and carts. If people parked "properly", nothing would move. Easy answer is to widen roads but that's a big job and costs lots of money. To be fair it is not always feasible either! Alternatively, get rid of the flags and have a concrete strip that won't break when a Micra parks on it!

Meanwhile, one can only bet that Hoylake's roads and surrounding areas will be pristine come the Open golf!
Oh the irony. Have you seen the state of some of our roads? How dare those pesky motorists drive on them and cause so much damage! Never mind, the Council will use the cash from parking offence fines to repair them according to one Councillor I heard this week. I believe that one particularly bad road is ear marked for repair in 2015 providing there is cash to do it. Yes, a full year and lots of possible claims from motorists for damage to their vehicles in the mean time. In a lot of areas, pavement parking is a must. Many of our roads are Victorian and designed for horses and carts. If people parked "properly", nothing would move. Easy answer is to widen roads but that's a big job and costs lots of money. To be fair it is not always feasible either! Alternatively, get rid of the flags and have a concrete strip that won't break when a Micra parks on it! Meanwhile, one can only bet that Hoylake's roads and surrounding areas will be pristine come the Open golf! JimmyMercury
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Joeblogg85 says...

The budget is coming up so loads of these non stories getting out. Must be some sh*te coming!
The budget is coming up so loads of these non stories getting out. Must be some sh*te coming! Joeblogg85
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Sun 2 Feb 14

kevin casey says...

Ten parking spaces for twenty eight cars !!! cannot park in other roads if we do cars are damaged delibratley

verges and main green look like a war zone !!! the council have no money ?what happens to all the parking fine money. Why can they lend other councils
Money ? They will make money available for the open golf were is the justice in that. Take a look at lower green wood church. We are treated like the poor relations of Wirral. Why. ????
Ten parking spaces for twenty eight cars !!! cannot park in other roads if we do cars are damaged delibratley verges and main green look like a war zone !!! the council have no money ?what happens to all the parking fine money. Why can they lend other councils Money ? They will make money available for the open golf were is the justice in that. Take a look at lower green wood church. We are treated like the poor relations of Wirral. Why. ???? kevin casey
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sonoferic says...

This problem is seen all over the country. Many roads were never built to accommodate the level of car usage we now have and there's no easy solution.

You could possibly limit the number of cars per household, but that wouldn't be popular. The other option is look at somehow 're-engineering' the roads i.e. making pavements slightly narrower enough to allow for cars to park both sides with room to pass. This would cost a lot of money! Maybe householders should be asked to stump up the cash to do this if their roads have inadequate parking?
This problem is seen all over the country. Many roads were never built to accommodate the level of car usage we now have and there's no easy solution. You could possibly limit the number of cars per household, but that wouldn't be popular. The other option is look at somehow 're-engineering' the roads i.e. making pavements slightly narrower enough to allow for cars to park both sides with room to pass. This would cost a lot of money! Maybe householders should be asked to stump up the cash to do this if their roads have inadequate parking? sonoferic
  • Score: 1

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