On the way to school and getting round pavement parking. Photo from Living Streets

MP Nus Ghani lobbied on banning pavement parking

Support for a change in the law to make pavement parking illegal has been signalled by Uckfield Town Council.

At present, only in London is it prohibited.

Elsewhere, the advice is that vehicles should not park on the pavement – which is not enforceable.

Now the Department for Transport is considering bringing the rest of Britain into line with the capital.

By-laws

After a lengthy discussion, the town council on Monday (September 10) decided to write to Wealden MP, Nus Ghani, saying it supported changes to by-laws to make it illegal to park on pavements.

Earlier, the councillors had heard from a member of the public, mobility scooter user, Susan Spicer from Church Coombe

She said there were times when her route into town was blocked by parked cars or vans. People with double children’s buggies also had problems and were forced into the road.

During discussion on the motion to support a ban on pavement parking, put forward by Cllr Paul Sparks, a number of councillors asked how any ban would be enforced.

Enforcement

Cllr Chris Macve said the situation would be improved if action was taken against those who were already flouting the law by parking part on the pavement and over double yellow lines as well, for example.

Cllr Diane Ward said a blanket ban could cause problems in narrow streets where, if cars were parked fully on the road, it would not be possible for emergency service vehicles to get through.

Nationally, there is a campaign by Living Streets against pavement parking. Find out more here.

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