Christians should think of others when parking

First published in Letters

MR Thomason makes a very eloquent and quite funny point about Lymm Baptist Church and their horrendous car parking on The Crescent, Guardian, December 6.

Although I am not such a gifted wordsmith I would like add to the discussion and ask the arrogant and irresponsible drivers to consider the problems that their parking creates for blind people.

My sister, who lives near The Crescent, has a visual impairment that means she is almost blind and relies on being able to touch the edge of the pavement with her stick.

Every Sunday she is forced to negotiate an obstacle course of parked cars, some of which are fully on the pavement thus forcing her onto the road.

I would like these drivers, who obviously lack the understanding to be real Christians, to think about how frightening it is for a blind person to be stood in a road with no means of finding a way back to the pavement.

The same car parking stupidity exists on a far larger scale on Brookfield Road in Lymm and my sister encounters the same problem of having to walk on the road when walking to the doctors.

How long will it be before someone is seriously injured or killed trying to walk around these cars?

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Is it going to take a fatality to push our civic leaders into doing something about irresponsible car parking or are they too busy counting the money from the ticket machines that have seen fit to locate in the village car parks.

There would seem to be a very obvious answer to the parking problems and I am dumbfounded but not surprised that our civic leaders haven’t implemented it.

Perhaps Mr Thomason could turn his witty insight to the problems of parking throughout the borough because I am sure that a few well written phrases will embarrass our civic leaders into getting off their collective backsides and doing something about it.

GEORGE SHIRE Warrington

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11:49am Thu 27 Dec 12

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Strange that it may seem there is no law that bans the parking of any vehicle either partly or wholly on the pavement outside the City of London.

The following advice has been published; "In February (2011), local transport minister Norman Baker gave all councils in England permission to use signs to indicate a local pavement parking ban. Until now councils had to gain special authorisation to put a pavement parking ban in place.

Read more: http://www.confused.
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I agree that pavements should be kept clear for pedestrians and free of unnecessary street furniture, Council waste bins (Blue, Green and Black), Litter and Cyclists.
Strange that it may seem there is no law that bans the parking of any vehicle either partly or wholly on the pavement outside the City of London. The following advice has been published; "In February (2011), local transport minister Norman Baker gave all councils in England permission to use signs to indicate a local pavement parking ban. Until now councils had to gain special authorisation to put a pavement parking ban in place. Read more: http://www.confused. com/car-insurance/ar ticles/parking-on-a- pavement-watch-out-f or-new-laws#ixzz2GFf dUQ00l I agree that pavements should be kept clear for pedestrians and free of unnecessary street furniture, Council waste bins (Blue, Green and Black), Litter and Cyclists. SAC_in_Warrington
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1:58pm Thu 27 Dec 12

WAFiver says...

Despite what the police say, blocking the footpath with a car IS a police matter under the Highways Act.
Despite what the police say, blocking the footpath with a car IS a police matter under the Highways Act. WAFiver
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