Crackdown launched on pavement parkers

Branch manager Lee Reeves with the card

Branch manager Lee Reeves with the card

First published in News by , local government reporter

A NEW parking enforcement scheme will be launched in four roads on Sunday following concerns drivers are parking illegally – putting pedestrians in danger.

The restrictions will be enforced by Brighton and Hove City Council in partnership with Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

The areas involved are Portland Road, outside the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Kingsway, Nevill Road between Eridge Road and Nevill Avenue and Ladies Mile Road between Warmdene Road and Highview Avenue.

The areas have been targeted after councillors said they had complaints from neighbours in those roads, some of which are used as school routes.

Neighbours said drivers regularly block views at junctions and pedestrian crossings and have even been seen driving on the pavement during the daily school runs.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of Brighton and Hove’s Environment Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “Parking and driving over pavements causes considerable hazards for people, particularly in location near schools, leisure facilities and shops.

“Some of this pavement parking has been going on for years, and sadly it seems to be on the increase.

“The prevalence of people actually driving on the pavement and potentially putting others in danger is of great concern and the council is receiving many complaints from residents.”

Campaign He added the council would launch another campaign in the autumn to tackle illegal parking outside schools and on school routes.

The latest scheme will officially launch on June 1 when posters will be displayed warning drivers about the dangers of parking illegally.

Warning notices will then be issued for two weeks starting on Monday, June 9 before penalty charges between £50 and £70 are issued for a week from Monday, June 23.

A similar scheme was launched by the council at the end of last year in Elm Grove, Brighton when enforcement officers made 500 site visits in two months and issued a whopping 563 penalty charges.

National charity Guide Dogs has launched a campaign against drivers who park on pavements, saying they were concerned that it forced pedestrians to walk out into the road to get around them, putting themselves in danger.

Geraint Evans, mobility team manager for Guide Dogs said he was “delighted” Brighton and Hove was taking steps to tackle the problem.

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1:12pm Thu 29 May 14

pwlr1966 says...

Why a picture of a trade paint centre and an argus card?
Why a picture of a trade paint centre and an argus card? pwlr1966
  • Score: 20

1:38pm Thu 29 May 14

Mr chock says...

ohh thats a funny thing Branch manager Lee Reeves with the card .. i am sure the argus has a better photo of cars parked on the pavement but this is funny more mistakes please Argus
ohh thats a funny thing Branch manager Lee Reeves with the card .. i am sure the argus has a better photo of cars parked on the pavement but this is funny more mistakes please Argus Mr chock
  • Score: 9

1:45pm Thu 29 May 14

Bugzy84 says...

They should look at Boundary Road in Portslade
They should look at Boundary Road in Portslade Bugzy84
  • Score: 3

2:02pm Thu 29 May 14

cynic_the says...

Whilst it's good to see bad and illegal parking being addressed, isn't it typical that again, the motorist is being targeted...?

Wouldn't it be nice to read an article that began:

"A NEW litter enforcement scheme will be launched at the beach on Sunday following concerns visitors are littering illegally – putting people, wildlife, the environment and the city's economy in danger"?
Whilst it's good to see bad and illegal parking being addressed, isn't it typical that again, the motorist is being targeted...? Wouldn't it be nice to read an article that began: "A NEW litter enforcement scheme will be launched at the beach on Sunday following concerns visitors are littering illegally – putting people, wildlife, the environment and the city's economy in danger"? cynic_the
  • Score: 16

2:12pm Thu 29 May 14

pachallis says...

As a driver, a cyclist, a bus user and a pedestrian I think the council and police should crack down on ALL pavement parking in Brighton & Hove.

AFAIK the law says pavement parking is illegal where there isn't a road sign that says it is allowed - so just enforce the it!

IMHO it tends to be lazy motorists who can't be bothered to find a proper parking space and walk to their destination. They block pavements for people with wheel chairs or buggies because they feel they are so important; don't consider anyone else but themselves; and that as such the law doesn't apply to them.
As a driver, a cyclist, a bus user and a pedestrian I think the council and police should crack down on ALL pavement parking in Brighton & Hove. AFAIK the law says pavement parking is illegal where there isn't a road sign that says it is allowed - so just enforce the it! IMHO it tends to be lazy motorists who can't be bothered to find a proper parking space and walk to their destination. They block pavements for people with wheel chairs or buggies because they feel they are so important; don't consider anyone else but themselves; and that as such the law doesn't apply to them. pachallis
  • Score: 17

2:22pm Thu 29 May 14

Atticus says...

Please also attend to Davigdor Road outside the church during services. It's like a car park.
Please also attend to Davigdor Road outside the church during services. It's like a car park. Atticus
  • Score: 16

3:21pm Thu 29 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

pwlr1966 wrote:
Why a picture of a trade paint centre and an argus card?
Good question!
[quote][p][bold]pwlr1966[/bold] wrote: Why a picture of a trade paint centre and an argus card?[/p][/quote]Good question! ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 2

3:25pm Thu 29 May 14

Gribbet says...

Seriously, about time and put Hanover next on the list please
Seriously, about time and put Hanover next on the list please Gribbet
  • Score: 4

3:42pm Thu 29 May 14

Bill in Hanover says...

pachallis wrote:
As a driver, a cyclist, a bus user and a pedestrian I think the council and police should crack down on ALL pavement parking in Brighton & Hove.

AFAIK the law says pavement parking is illegal where there isn't a road sign that says it is allowed - so just enforce the it!

IMHO it tends to be lazy motorists who can't be bothered to find a proper parking space and walk to their destination. They block pavements for people with wheel chairs or buggies because they feel they are so important; don't consider anyone else but themselves; and that as such the law doesn't apply to them.
According to an article a few months ago concerning pavement parking on Elm Grove a parking warden cannot issue a ticket to a car parked on the pavement unless it is adjacent to where parking restrictions exist on the road, such as double yellow lines. A police officer can only issue a ticket if he sees the car being driven onto the pavement but not if it is already there. The exception is where the vehicle is an obstruction. p.s. The residents of Hanover and Elm Grove were consulted regarding residents parking and pavement parking and told the Coucil that residents parking was not acceptable in the area and that the residents didn't have a problem with pavement parking on Elm Grove. Beware the Council sticking its nose into ANY parking issue as they will use the least excuse to impose residents parking.
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: As a driver, a cyclist, a bus user and a pedestrian I think the council and police should crack down on ALL pavement parking in Brighton & Hove. AFAIK the law says pavement parking is illegal where there isn't a road sign that says it is allowed - so just enforce the it! IMHO it tends to be lazy motorists who can't be bothered to find a proper parking space and walk to their destination. They block pavements for people with wheel chairs or buggies because they feel they are so important; don't consider anyone else but themselves; and that as such the law doesn't apply to them.[/p][/quote]According to an article a few months ago concerning pavement parking on Elm Grove a parking warden cannot issue a ticket to a car parked on the pavement unless it is adjacent to where parking restrictions exist on the road, such as double yellow lines. A police officer can only issue a ticket if he sees the car being driven onto the pavement but not if it is already there. The exception is where the vehicle is an obstruction. p.s. The residents of Hanover and Elm Grove were consulted regarding residents parking and pavement parking and told the Coucil that residents parking was not acceptable in the area and that the residents didn't have a problem with pavement parking on Elm Grove. Beware the Council sticking its nose into ANY parking issue as they will use the least excuse to impose residents parking. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 4

3:54pm Thu 29 May 14

pachallis says...

Bill in Hanover wrote:
pachallis wrote:
As a driver, a cyclist, a bus user and a pedestrian I think the council and police should crack down on ALL pavement parking in Brighton & Hove.

AFAIK the law says pavement parking is illegal where there isn't a road sign that says it is allowed - so just enforce the it!

IMHO it tends to be lazy motorists who can't be bothered to find a proper parking space and walk to their destination. They block pavements for people with wheel chairs or buggies because they feel they are so important; don't consider anyone else but themselves; and that as such the law doesn't apply to them.
According to an article a few months ago concerning pavement parking on Elm Grove a parking warden cannot issue a ticket to a car parked on the pavement unless it is adjacent to where parking restrictions exist on the road, such as double yellow lines. A police officer can only issue a ticket if he sees the car being driven onto the pavement but not if it is already there. The exception is where the vehicle is an obstruction. p.s. The residents of Hanover and Elm Grove were consulted regarding residents parking and pavement parking and told the Coucil that residents parking was not acceptable in the area and that the residents didn't have a problem with pavement parking on Elm Grove. Beware the Council sticking its nose into ANY parking issue as they will use the least excuse to impose residents parking.
@Bill - I had a further look and it is still not really clear about pavement parking. I think the only really clear point is about causing an obstruction - so if someone parks so that a wheel chair, push chair, or even a pedestrian can't get through then they would be fined.

Apparently it is up to councils to decide how to handle this if they have taken over parking control powers from the police.

In the highway code it states:

"244. You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.".
Law GL(GP)A sect 15

Another web site says regarding outside London:

"Currently as the law stands, it is not illegal to park on pavements in areas that do not have pavement parking restriction signs erected by the local council. This of course excludes areas that are outlined in the Highway Code as being illegal such a double yellow lines or zigzag lines near a pedestrian crossing for example.".

But I'd still like Brighton & Hove council to apply the London ruling and allow pavement parking by exception...
[quote][p][bold]Bill in Hanover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: As a driver, a cyclist, a bus user and a pedestrian I think the council and police should crack down on ALL pavement parking in Brighton & Hove. AFAIK the law says pavement parking is illegal where there isn't a road sign that says it is allowed - so just enforce the it! IMHO it tends to be lazy motorists who can't be bothered to find a proper parking space and walk to their destination. They block pavements for people with wheel chairs or buggies because they feel they are so important; don't consider anyone else but themselves; and that as such the law doesn't apply to them.[/p][/quote]According to an article a few months ago concerning pavement parking on Elm Grove a parking warden cannot issue a ticket to a car parked on the pavement unless it is adjacent to where parking restrictions exist on the road, such as double yellow lines. A police officer can only issue a ticket if he sees the car being driven onto the pavement but not if it is already there. The exception is where the vehicle is an obstruction. p.s. The residents of Hanover and Elm Grove were consulted regarding residents parking and pavement parking and told the Coucil that residents parking was not acceptable in the area and that the residents didn't have a problem with pavement parking on Elm Grove. Beware the Council sticking its nose into ANY parking issue as they will use the least excuse to impose residents parking.[/p][/quote]@Bill - I had a further look and it is still not really clear about pavement parking. I think the only really clear point is about causing an obstruction - so if someone parks so that a wheel chair, push chair, or even a pedestrian can't get through then they would be fined. Apparently it is up to councils to decide how to handle this if they have taken over parking control powers from the police. In the highway code it states: "244. You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.". Law GL(GP)A sect 15 Another web site says regarding outside London: "Currently as the law stands, it is not illegal to park on pavements in areas that do not have pavement parking restriction signs erected by the local council. This of course excludes areas that are outlined in the Highway Code as being illegal such a double yellow lines or zigzag lines near a pedestrian crossing for example.". But I'd still like Brighton & Hove council to apply the London ruling and allow pavement parking by exception... pachallis
  • Score: 0

8:17am Fri 30 May 14

hoveguyactually says...

Atticus wrote:
Please also attend to Davigdor Road outside the church during services. It's like a car park.
Absolutely right! I contacted the council about it more than once, and have written to the Argus, but have been totally ignored. And it is not just Davigdor Road, but the surrounding streets as well, I have yet to see a traffic warden in that area, but when I spoke to one in another area about it, I was told that the drivers have special dispensation (I think that is the right word). Well why? Firstly their parking is dangerous to other road users and pedestrians and, if they are allowed to park there illegally - and that includes many double yellow lines - then is it the same thing for people attending other places of worship, such as churches, synagogues and mosques? The council are keeping remarkably quiet about this.
[quote][p][bold]Atticus[/bold] wrote: Please also attend to Davigdor Road outside the church during services. It's like a car park.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right! I contacted the council about it more than once, and have written to the Argus, but have been totally ignored. And it is not just Davigdor Road, but the surrounding streets as well, I have yet to see a traffic warden in that area, but when I spoke to one in another area about it, I was told that the drivers have special dispensation (I think that is the right word). Well why? Firstly their parking is dangerous to other road users and pedestrians and, if they are allowed to park there illegally - and that includes many double yellow lines - then is it the same thing for people attending other places of worship, such as churches, synagogues and mosques? The council are keeping remarkably quiet about this. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 5

9:26am Fri 30 May 14

hubby says...

cynic_the wrote:
Whilst it's good to see bad and illegal parking being addressed, isn't it typical that again, the motorist is being targeted...?

Wouldn't it be nice to read an article that began:

"A NEW litter enforcement scheme will be launched at the beach on Sunday following concerns visitors are littering illegally – putting people, wildlife, the environment and the city's economy in danger"?
Or the dog owners who let their pooches poop everywhere including the beach,parks,pavement
s and around childrens play areas.
[quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: Whilst it's good to see bad and illegal parking being addressed, isn't it typical that again, the motorist is being targeted...? Wouldn't it be nice to read an article that began: "A NEW litter enforcement scheme will be launched at the beach on Sunday following concerns visitors are littering illegally – putting people, wildlife, the environment and the city's economy in danger"?[/p][/quote]Or the dog owners who let their pooches poop everywhere including the beach,parks,pavement s and around childrens play areas. hubby
  • Score: -3

7:11pm Fri 30 May 14

NickBrt says...

Have they carried out a community impact assessment like they do in Preston Park?
Have they carried out a community impact assessment like they do in Preston Park? NickBrt
  • Score: 0

9:01pm Fri 30 May 14

FatherTed11 says...

The man in the picture does this all the time. That's why his picture is there. They should just arrest him.
The man in the picture does this all the time. That's why his picture is there. They should just arrest him. FatherTed11
  • Score: 2

12:28pm Sat 31 May 14

Mr chock says...

FatherTed11 wrote:
The man in the picture does this all the time. That's why his picture is there. They should just arrest him.
nahh they cant do that "his got the ARGUS CARD !"!! that buys him immunity !
i suspect the argus does not re read the articals once posted so the image is still wrong for car parking feature .. and why is mis blonde "cockroach lady "still making the headlines ?
http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/11238445.
Woman_finds_cockroac
h_in_her_spinach/?re
f=mmnpg
[quote][p][bold]FatherTed11[/bold] wrote: The man in the picture does this all the time. That's why his picture is there. They should just arrest him.[/p][/quote]nahh they cant do that "his got the ARGUS CARD !"!! that buys him immunity ! i suspect the argus does not re read the articals once posted so the image is still wrong for car parking feature .. and why is mis blonde "cockroach lady "still making the headlines ? http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11238445. Woman_finds_cockroac h_in_her_spinach/?re f=mmnpg Mr chock
  • Score: 0

10:45am Wed 4 Jun 14

RottingdeanRant says...

All pavement parking should IMMEDIATELY get a ticket - there is no need for a warning first as the drivers should be well aware that it is wrong. Even worse are the disabled drivers that park on the pavements that then obstructs other disabled people from using the pavement - Rottingdean Bowls Club members and visitors are good examples go this ignorant behaviour.
All pavement parking should IMMEDIATELY get a ticket - there is no need for a warning first as the drivers should be well aware that it is wrong. Even worse are the disabled drivers that park on the pavements that then obstructs other disabled people from using the pavement - Rottingdean Bowls Club members and visitors are good examples go this ignorant behaviour. RottingdeanRant
  • Score: 0

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