Pavement parking woes continue despite changes to yellow lines

March 28 2016

MOVING yellow lines further out into the road in Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury, has so far had little effect on parking.

MOVING yellow lines further out into the road in Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury, has so far had little effect on parking.
The re-positioning of the lines was carried out in an attempt to encourage drivers to park further away from the pavement.
Members of the Sodbury Parish Plan committee said the area near the town hall was especially narrow and cars with long bonnets could encroach significantly on the pavement.
Problems caused by pavement parking generally was one of the issues a plan questionnaire highlighted as being an irritant to pedestrians.
The committee said: “In the responses, a number of people cited places where parking on the pavement was a real annoyance, making it difficult to get past with a pushchair or a mobility scooter - even sometimes having to walk in the road to get past.”
But despite moving the Broad Street lines, the committee said: “It is noticeable that barely anyone has taken advantage of this extra room to park further back from the pavement and perhaps do not understand it.”
Local police said there were powers to fine drivers who obstructed the pavement but it would be more likely for a warning notice to be issued.
If the obstruction was significant, members of the public should contact the police but the committee said it was told that action would only be taken if the problem was exceptional.
Meanwhile the committee has been discussing the proposal to install more seating areas in the town. It is understood that Sodbury Town Council has proposed using surplus funds from the now defunct farmers’ market to pay for seats.