Police crackdown on Padiham pavement parkers

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War has been declared on selfish motorists who are parking on pavements all over Padiham.

Warning letters from the police will be sent to drivers who continue to park in the worst-hit areas which include Church Street, close to St Leonard’s Church, and the former Whalley Range pub.

Speaking at the first meeting of 2015 of Padiham Town Council, Coun. Maureen Whittaker said inconsiderate parking was causing problems, particularly at rush hour.

Residents who double park along Cambridge Drive and the Abingdon Road area are stopping buses and other large vehicles from getting through.

Coun. Bob Clark said he had spoken to several bus drivers and advised them to complain to their managers about the issue so it could be reported to the police. Coun. Tony Fletcher said residents living in Crosshills sheltered accommodation complex in East Street regularly had to walk in the road to get to their homes as parked cars were blocking the pavement.

PSCO Danny Rowland said, although police did not deal with parking issues unless a vehicle was causing a major obstruction, he would arrange for letters to be sent to “repeat offenders”.

He told councillors: “This is primarily an issue dealt with by Parkwise or Lancashire County Council but now we are aware of it we will observe the areas affected to build up a picture of what is happening and send courtesy letters to drivers requesting them to park more sensibly and safely.”