Fed up with continually seeing vehicles parked illegally, often blocking pavements and obstructing pedestrians, Clitheroe man George Reynolds decided to do something about it.
Over the past few weeks George, of Woone Lane, has photographed a catalogue of illegally parked vehicles in Clitheroe town centre, many of them delivery vans and wagons, but also private cars. His annoyance at their disregard for parking regulations is matched by his frustration at the apparent inability of anyone to do anything about it.
George says he has spoken in person to individual police officers and parking attendants on patrol in the town, as well as contacting Ribble Vally Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, and Clitheroe Police Station, but all to no avail. If anything the problem is getting worse, he says.
In particular he believes parking attendants should focus less on drivers who return a few minutes late to their otherwise legally parked vehicles, and instead tackle some of the more serious and completely flagrant contraventions of parking regulations which he has photographed.
The recent “Fix Our Flags” campaign, led by Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Clitheroe Civic Society and promoted in our pages, has only served to heighten George’s frustration. He believes that much of the damage to the town centre pavements is caused by heavy delivery vehicles mounting kerbs and parking on the flags. Mending them will only be a “temporary fix”, he says, unless something is done to tackle the root cause of the problem.
Armed with his camera George has walked around the town centre taking photos of offending vehicles, many of them featured on this page. He has saved the photos onto a disc, which – together with a comprehensive list detailing the location and offence of each one – he is sending to the county council, as the highways authority.
One that stood out was a car parked next to the police station, in the ‘police parking only’ area and, you’ve guessed it, half parked up on the pavementGeorge Reynolds
“As a former multi-drop delivery driver of many years’ experience, I feel a lot of the on-pavement parking by vehicles is down to unprofessional drivers doing a lazy job,” said George. “And while I might seem to be directing a lot of flak at van and wagon drivers, the car drivers – Blue Badge holders excepted – are regular pavement occupiers too, choosing to park anywhere just to save a walk.”
“A proper, well thought out, re-organising of parking and use of available space is a must, so that in future pedestrians will no longer have to put up with this situation.”
George has even drafted some recommendations for particular problem areas and is offering to meet on site with highways officers to outline them.
Some of the main problem areas he has noted include “brewers’ dray” deliveries to various town centre pubs and bars; van deliveries at “Chemists’ Corner” in King Street; use of marked disabled bays by delivery drivers; delivery drivers ignoring vacant bays and instead mounting pavements just to be a few feet nearer to their drop.
“I could go on and on with revelations of my sightings,” said George, “but one that stood out was a car parked next to the police station, in the ‘police parking only’ area and, you’ve guessed it, half parked up on the pavement.”