Below, a personal appeal from Nick Hines - supported by an official statement from the police.
Whether it is due to the increasing number of vehicles and subsequent overcrowding of our streets or not, pavement parking seems to be more prevalent today than at any time in my life. Unfortunately this creates all sorts of problems. Walk around Eynsham at any time of day or night and you will find cars that are half on the pavement and half on the road. One can only assume that the driver is trying not to block the road but in most cases there is still room for only one vehicle to pass and others are still held up.
This parking has two major consequences:
It is also worth noting that many drains / sewers in Eynsham are unadopted by the water company and any repair cost falls on local residents. A few years ago, as a consequence of pavement parking at the Mill Street end of John Lopes Road, the sewers collapsed. This led to effluent coming up into the living rooms! The repair cost of £2000 had to be met by residents.
I understand it is against the law for HGVs to park on any pavement. It is also illegal for anyone to obstruct the footpath. Maybe just two wheels on the curb does not obstruct the footpath to any serious degree but it is also illegal to drive on the footpath. In order to have parked there the driver must have driven on to it.
What can we do about this?
Very often there is no room for pedestrians, wheelchair users, parents with buggies etc to pass and therefore the individual has to go into the road. Elderly people may also have difficulty stepping into the road. The dangers created by this are obvious and it is very unfair on the pedestrian.
Many pavements are in a very poor state of repair and pavement parking is a major cause. Damaged pavements are a significant drain on local council resources - not only in the repair of damage but in compensation to people who have tripped on the broken paving stones. Councils do not have their own money. All their revenue is raised from local tax payers and therefore these costs are met by us all.
I understand that it is against the law for HGVs to park on any pavement. It is also illegal for anyone to obstruct the footpath. Maybe just two wheels on the curb does not obstruct the footpath to any serious degree but it is also illegal to drive on the footpath. In order to have parked there the driver must have driven on to it.
This scaffolding on High Street has completely blocked the pavement. I'd have expected at least a pedestrian walkway coned off in the road. You can just see the bus about to pull out in the road ...
Yes, this car really is parked across the footway, on a busy corner, on a double yellow line. How selfish can you get?
Could all businesses in the village ask their delivery drivers to park considerately? I would hate to see bollards on every single pavement in Eynsham and let's hope we don’t have to go down this route. Unfortunately this was the only solution to the problems in John Lopes Road but it has been successful and maybe more are needed.
I am happy to take the lead on a campaign and I can be contacted by email.