By MARK BOGGIS
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Poor parking in streets around Lowestoft has been exposed – with a campaigner’s crusade to crack down on inconsiderate motorists gaining popularity in the town and across the country.
A Facebook page, which shames bad drivers, was set up last month. Described as ‘The new parking page for Lowestoft,’ the Park It Right Lowestoft page was started on June 21 – but in the space of less than a month, it has already attracted more than 2,000 likes and favourable comments from locals.
Since it was established, with the purpose of allowing followers to upload any examples of poor parking they come across, the Park It Right Lowestoft page has served as a platform for social media users to post the images in an effort to shame drivers and offending vehicles.
With examples including drivers’ inability to park in marked bays, parking on the pavement or on double yellow lines, the photos have been captured and uploaded to highlight poor parking and hopefully make people think twice.
Set up by an anonymous campaigner – identified only as Stuart – and overseen by a couple of others, the initiative is intended as a “public service,” as he believed the parking situation in Lowestoft had become so bad that something needed to be done.
Stuart said: “We started the page just to highlight how some people are parking and the potential dangers it is causing, particularly around school areas. It started off with a couple of images and the interest has grown and grown to the extent that nationally people are asking how to start their own pages in their towns.”
Yesterday, with the exposure of the Lowestoft page gathering momentum nationally, someone posted: “Do you wear a superhero suit when you are out taking the photos?”
Today, police have urged motorists “not to park irresponsibly” and warned that poor parking could lead to vehicles being seized and notices being served.
A spokesman for Lowestoft police said: “Officers urge drivers to consider how they park, and are advising all motorists not to park irresponsibly. Inconsiderate parking can not only cause an obstruction, but it can be dangerous to other road users such as pedestrians and wheelchair users. And ultimately, poor parking can lead to warning notices, a fixed penalty notice or could even result in the seizure and removal of vehicles,” the spokesman added.
“Police are responsible for on street and double yellow line parking, and should be made aware of issues relating to these areas as they happen on the non-emergency number 101.”
Across Waveney, more than 950 “charge notices” for various off-street car park and on street residents’ parking offences have been issued this year.
Stephen Ardley, deputy leader of Waveney District Council, said: “We provide a seven day parking inspector service across Waveney, covering residents parking and car parks.
“In the last six months we have issued no fewer than 952 charge notices for various off-street car park and on street residents’ parking offences. “Meanwhile, the police are responsible for all other ‘on street’ parking such as on double yellow lines, pavements and in limited waiting areas. Clearly there are concerns about how people are parking and the lack of consideration that some motorists are showing and we would urge everyone to both drive and park legally and with consideration for other road users and members of the public.”