Curbing Pavement Parking

Councils up and down the country are considering steps to curb pavement parking, pardon the pun.

With many town and city centres already pedestrianised, there are calls from some for the surrounding streets to be kept free of parked cars. There are two sides to every story though, and at TeamCES we like to look at things from both perspectives.

So, let’s weigh up each side of the argument.

On the one hand, removing parked cars from the streets could make things a lot easier for residents and pedestrians, whilst improving pollution levels at the same time.

Many of the streets in question are Victorian terraced streets, the kind that were never intended to have cars driven down them. Narrow pavements can be impassable for parents with prams or people with disabilities at the best of times, never mind when there’s a Land Rover in the way.

Removing parked cars would also make for easier access to and from their properties for residents, as a common complaint is drives being blocked and residential streets becoming clogged up with commuter and visiting vehicles alike.

A reduction in available parking spaces would probably mean a reduction in vehicles travelling down these roads, which is where the environmental element comes into play. It could force people to consider public transport as a more viable means of getting into town, even.

But what about the argument to keep pavement parking as an option?

Well, it’s equally as strong.

For a start off, what would replace it? Councils would need to provide alternative parking spaces for hundreds if not thousands of cars on a daily basis. Does the space even exist for this?

Does the money?

And what about local economy? If people can’t park close to the High Street, it won’t be long

before they turn their backs on it completely and head to the large out of town malls and shopping centres.

Outlawing pavement parking completely would mean an increase in penalty notices and parking offences. Motorists will only tolerate so much before they change their habits.

Clearly, more thought is needed before any changes are brought through.

One suggestion is the idea that one side of a road could be available for parking, keeping the other car free for pedestrians. That could work.

An extension of existing measures as well, such as permits and time zones could help.

What will work in Norwich might not work in Newcastle though, and the same goes for the likes of Glossop and Gosforth. Public consultation, research and trials are needed.

What are your parking bug bears? What do you think the solution is?


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