Weston-super-Mare’s worst streets for bad parking revealed – as chosen by YOU
PUBLISHED: 06:51 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 05 April 2017
Cars parked on double-yellow lines, halfway across roads or covering entire pavements appear to be commonplace in Weston, after the Mercury asked its readers to nominate the town’s worst roads for poor parking.
North Somerset Council is due to take over civil parking enforcement on Monday, which will mean its parking wardens can dish out fines of up to £70 to people parked on single and double-yellow lines and in bus stops, disabled bays, loading and limited waiting bays, taxi ranks and zig-zag markings.
Drivers who have parked their cars carelessly or too far from the kerb can also be fined under the new rules.
The Mercury asked its readers which roads they think the council’s new on-street parking wardens should focus on in Weston and Worle.
Sam Parker said: “Bridge Road has got worse since Tesco started charging.
“Lots of people park there and head into town for work or to the station.”
Poor parking outside of schools during drop-off and pick-up times was also highlighted by lots of readers and others pointed out high car parking charges in Weston’s car parks prompt people to squeeze in to free spaces just outside of town.
Other people raised concerns about emergency services not being able to get down Weston’s roads if needed.
Martin Ayres said Victoria Park – which is just a short walk from the town centre – is a ‘nightmare’ for parking.
He told the Mercury: “Inconsiderate drivers regularly park on double-yellow lines at the top corner. The gaps drivers leave between their cars and those in front and behind is ridiculous.”
Eleven civil parking enforcement officers will work seven days a week across North Somerset patrolling its streets for poor parking.
Money gained from the charges will be spent on road improvements and transport initiatives.
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