Community response tackles parking problems

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 September 2015

Parking patrol  Ashcombe Primary School, PCSO Kelly Long with Nick Hughes and community officer Carol Pike.

Parking patrol Ashcombe Primary School, PCSO Kelly Long with Nick Hughes and community officer Carol Pike.

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Antisocial parking has long plagued the streets around Ashcombe Primary School in Weston, but a council initiative has warned rogue drivers of the perils of parking illegally.

As part of North Somerset Council’s community response week, PSCOs, council officers and volunteers teamed up outside the school on Friday afternoon.

Community response is a joint initiative between the council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary, launched at the start of the year to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Neighbourhood PCSO Kellie Long was joined by council community response officer Carol Pike and police volunteer Nick Hughes, to deter parents from unlawful parking – and reminded them those falling foul of parking law could land a £100 fine plus three penalty licence points.

Volunteer Nick, aged 16, said: “We’ve had problems with cars parking on the yellow lines and parents dropping kids off where they shouldn’t. It’s in everyone’s interest that nobody gets hurt and the kids stay safe.”

One resident, who preferred not to be named, said: “The trouble is nowadays a lot of people are not willing to walk. When people park on both sides of the road it makes it quite dangerous.”

Other issues tackled in the community response week included dog fouling, cycling on footpaths, illegal advertising boards and abandoned vehicles.

North Somerset Area Commander, Chief Inspector Tina Robinson, said: “We welcome this opportunity to work even more closely with council staff to deal with nuisance affecting our communities, making it easier for people to report issues.”

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