ILLEGAL parking on a town’s high street is risking lives, community leaders have warned.
Angry town councillors in Saltney say inconsiderate motorists have ignored yellow lines at Victoria Road shops.
Saltney town councillor Terry Walker claims cars are regularly parked on both sides of Victoria Road, forcing pedestrians to walk out in the busy main road.
“People with prams have to walk on the road to get by them,” said Cllr Walker.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen. Somebody’s going to get killed.”
Cllr Walker and fellow councillors raised their concerns at a meeting with Flintshire Council’s former head of assets and transportation Neal Cockerton.
Town clerk Alan Thorniley said there seemed to be confusion over who was responsible for parking offences when pedestrians were being forced off obstructed pavements.
“There seems to be a grey area between what the police can do and what the county council can do,” he said.
“Whose responsibility is it?”
Mr Cockerton said where there were yellow lines or other parking enforcement measures in place, the county council had responsibility for parking patrols.
“But if there are no lines or signs, that’s a police matter,” he said.
Cllr Barbra Marshall said another serious problem was dangerous parking outside the town’s primary schools.
Mr Cockerton said parking outside schools was a problem at a lot of schools.
“Parents need to take responsibility for where they park,” he said.
“Some don’t need to drive to school and could do walking taxis.
“Those that do choose to park in places that aren’t appropriate, I ask them not to.”
Mr Cockerton said parents were ticketed for parking on yellow lines outside schools but parking enforcement officers had to observe the offence for five minutes before they could issue a ticket.
He said workshops, held in schools, with children taught about the dangers of thoughtless parking and taking concerns home to parents, were proving a more effective way of tackling the problem.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Walker said the problem had existed for years.
“There have been so many near misses,” he said. “One day someone’s going to come out from behind a parked car and get hit.”
Steve Jones, Flintshire’s chief officer for Streetscene and transportation, said the council employed five civil parking enforcement officers to minimise on and off street parking offences. They offer advice to motorists and take enforcement action where necessary.
“At a recent meeting on site in Saltney it was agreed to consider a number of traffic management options that could assist in reducing congestion and speeding," he added.