Crackdown as row of cars selfishly park right across pavement

Police launched a crackdown on "inconsiderate parking" in Kensington after complaints from frustrated locals.

Officers handed out nine warning notices to a row of vehicles parked fully on the pavement in Toft Street off Edge Lane, opposite the Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre.

The pavement on the narrow street, lined on one side by terraced housing and on the other by a small grassy area, was almost completely blocked by parked cars.

Merseyside Police posted a picture with the caption: "Tuebrook Local Policing Team have acted this morning following community complaints in relation to inconsiderate parking.

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"Several notices have been issued as a result. Pavements are for people not vehicles."

The Force told the ECHO the crackdown had followed complaints about pavement parking obstructing access to Brownlow Health medical centre on Edge Lane.

The post prompted a strong reaction, with some people suggesting a lack of affordable parking led to the problem.

Wayne Hawkes posted: "The road looks tiny, if they parked on the road vehicles would struggle to get past, and surely there's a pavement on the opposite side anyway??"

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But others supported the strict enforcement action.

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Dave Birch said: "Great!!! sick and tired of the "park where I like" mentality in Liverpool, more of this please, people in wheelchairs and mums with prams need those pavements."

Heather Francis added: "Good. They shouldn’t be parking like that. I’m fed up of walking in the road with my baby in the pram to get past cars that can’t park."

Community Policing Inspector Andy Gardiner said: “We understand the concerns of our local communities in this issue, and will look to follow them up and issue warnings and tickets if necessary. The dangers are clear, as well as the inconvenience to patients needing access to this vital local service”
Sarah English, Coordinator at Merseyside Road Safety Partnership (MRSP), said: “We get so many concerned enquiries about pavement parking – it’s fantastic to see them being followed up by local policing teams.

"When we carry out pavement parking enforcement days it’s with the help and support of Merseyside Specials and Merseyside Roads Policing Unit, directed at the areas people are tell us are problematic. We’re working together to tackle it.”

A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said: “Pavement parking is not just inconvenient but also dangerous. It forces pedestrians, wheelchair users and prams in to the road, putting them at risk from other traffic.

"Tickets are also issued by our own parking enforcement officers when they come across drivers parking irresponsibly. We would appeal to drivers to think of the impact on others when they park."

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