Blue badge holders
GRAHAM Lammiman is correct in his observation that Blue Badge holders sometimes park illegally causing obstructions
GRAHAM Lammiman is correct in his observation that Blue Badge holders sometimes park illegally causing obstructions but from the survey undertaken in Portishead High Street, holders of disability badges were certainly not the worst offenders.
For example of the 415 vehicles surveyed, in one category alone 164 drivers parked illegally or inappropriately on double yellow lines and the majority of these (134) did not display a blue badge.
Only 15 PER CENT of the total drivers parked illegally or inappropriately were blue badge holders and this includes those parking on yellow lines and zig-zag markings.
If Graham would like to contact me, I would be happy to share the full results of the survey with him.
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Avon & Somerset Police have been very positive about the survey and are in discussions with North Somerset Council as to whose responsibility it will be to enforce Parking Regulation Orders in the future.
With regard to Graham's disappointment that he did not know about the PACT meeting on the March 17 until the day after when he received his North Somerset Times, I can confirm that the meeting date was also publicized well in advance in the Times on two previous occasions. In addition to the posters that went up on community and town council noticeboards throughout the town, local cafes and shops, including the main newsagent and post office were kind enough to display posters and they were also distributed to every pub in the town.
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The Village Quarter had a notice displayed, as well as Gordano School, the youth club and Portishead Football Club.
Additionally, information was handed out to residents in the High Street and I also spoke to local teenagers at the Lake Grounds.
Hopefully Graham will make the next meeting on April 21 at the Avon Hall as I am sure his views would be very much welcomed by chair Brian Clayton.
Albert Road, Portishead