Bad parking will be targeted

PUBLISHED: 16:23 16 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A PORTISHEAD town councillor is waging war on motorists who park irresponsibly in the town's High Street.

A PORTISHEAD town councillor is waging war on motorists who park irresponsibly in the town's High Street. Ron Hazelton, who has lived in the town for more than 24 years, says he has never seen so much disrespect for parking laws and is campaigning to put a stop to it.

He said: "Irresponsible parking causes absolute chaos in and around the High Street.

"It not only causes traffic congestion in the town centre but it also poses a danger and can cause accidents."

He said he would like to see traffic wardens brought back to the town as this proved the most effective way to deal with people who flout parking restrictions.

The former pub landlord says he will be taking photographs of offenders and would like to name and shame the culprits who seem to think they are above the law.

He added: "Motorists seem misguided and think that they are allowed to park on the yellow lines because signs to say no parking, were not put up when new yellow lines were painted after resurfacing last year."

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: "Parking-related traffic regulation orders for the whole of North Somerset came into effect in April 2009.

"In addition, signs are no longer required in conjunction with double yellow lines following a change in Government legislation, so there should be nothing preventing enforcement of yellow lines by the police."

Portishead police warn they will deal with offences including obstruction, parking on zig zag and yellow lines in the area.

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