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Bad parking sparks disabled man's fury

Malvern Editorial 26th Jun, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DISABLED man has claimed it has become dangerous to get around his neighbourhood because of inconsiderate motorists parking on the pavements.

Mark Howitt said Elmley Close, where he lives, as well as Cotswold Road and Pickersleigh Road were regularly backed up with stationed vehicles.

The 56-year-old takes his dog Loki for a walk while using his mobile scooter which he relies upon heavily and alleged they often found themselves in the roadĀ because they simply could not get through on the sidewalk.

“It’s a nightmare around here,” he said.

“The law of the land is that you can’t park on pavements and cause an obstruction, they (drivers) are committing a criminal offence.

“Motorists don’t seem to care they just park where they want to park. They don’t want their cars to be scratched but they are thinking more about other motorists than pedestrians.

“They are making it dangerous for me and my dog who get forced into the road. Then drivers get really annoyed because I am travelling so slowly.

“It’s not just me, it’s the same for mothers with pushchairs and people in wheelchairs or basically anyone who’s disabled.”

Mr Howitt called on police to do more to combat the problem and issue penalty notices to offenders.

PC Dave Wise, from Pickersleigh Safer Neighbourhood Team, said police were aware of the problems and had responded to complaints by speaking to drivers who had generally moved their vehicle immediately without the need for further enforcement.

He added it was difficult for residents to find safe places to park on the small narrow roads but said matters had improved recently since letters had been sent out asking for their co-operation.

PC Wise also revealed plans were being considered to change the layout of Cotswold Road as a further measure.

He said: “We would simply ask motorists to park with consideration to the safety and clear passage of pedestrians.

“Many roads in Malvern are not built for the volume of vehicles on the road today and we police the issue with respect to that fact, however it remains that if offences are persistently committed we will have no option and little hesitation in issuing penalty notices to offending vehicles.

“If residents are suffering regular problems of this nature I would urge them to contact their local safer neighbourhood team to discuss their concerns.”

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