I don’t spend a lot of time on social media but I do follow the Twitter and Facebook musings of various police units in and around the Warrington the area.

One of the things I’ve noticed recently is an increase in police willingness to deal with drivers who park (badly) on pavements.

(Interestingly there is a story on the Guardian’s website about how parking on pavements could soon be banned and land you with a £70 fine.)

As the law stands at the moment, the only place in the country where it’s illegal to park on the pavement is London. In the rest of the country, you can bump your car up quite happily – and legally.

But there is a caveat here. You are not allowed to block the pavement and cause an obstruction.

I wish someone would tell that to the inconsiderate drivers on my estate.

I can barely squeeze past some of the cars, forcing me to walk on the road. While that’s not OK for me, it’s so much worse for mums with pushchairs or for wheelchair users.

For them it’s downright dangerous.

But hopefully this may be a vexatious issue that soon has a solution.

According to the report on the Guardian’s website, the government’s transport committee says there has been a ‘lack of progress’ on the problem and said there are growing calls to put a stop to drivers parking with their wheels over the kerb.

The group is now calling for evidence and once the inquiry is completed, there is a chance that pavement parking could be banned – as it is in London – with drivers facing a fine of £70.

The sooner it happens, the better as far as I'm concerned but frankly, I don’t think this is a problem that’s likely to go away.

Many of the issues are historic. Roads designed and built for the horse and cart era can’t really cope with three-car families.

But I would make a plea to home builders (and to council planning departments) as well to actually live in the real world – build the roads on new estates wide enough to accommodate 21st century traffic and ensure there is adequate off-street parking for new builds.

Then there's no excuse for selfish drivers to block pavements.

Last week I expressed my concerns about the proposed Warrington Western Link road the will, when built, effectively bypass the town centre and take though traffic from Walton to Sankey Bridges and will provide a new bridge over the Mersey.

On the face of it it's a good idea and should help to relieve the horrible traffic congestion in the town centre.

But now I'm not so sure, given it will open up a load of land for residential and commercial development.

There is also a fear the new road and river crossing will attract even more traffic through the town from drivers trying to avoid paying the toll to cross the Mersey Gateway bridge.

One suggestion from Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid is that Warrington's new bridge could be free for Warrington drivers but everyone else would have to pay a toll (as happens with the Mersey Gateway where Halton residents get to use it for free).

Don't hold your breath on that one.

Here's what Warrington Borough Council has to say: “We submitted an Outline Business Case for the Western Link in December 2017. This business case highlighted the strong benefits of the scheme, in delivering up to a 30 per cent reduction in congestion around the town centre and helping to improve air quality. This business case does not include any plans to place a toll or charge on the Western Link, or any other roads in Warrington.

“We have explored a range of options for the future of transport in Warrington. We do not believe that a tolling or congestion charging system is suitable for our borough. What is instead proposed is further investigation into a Workplace Parking Levy and a Mass Transit network with park and ride sites."

Looks like Warrington drivers are going to miss out yet again – and even have to pay to park at their own places of work if the Workplace Parking Levy goes ahead.

Don't say you haven't been warned.