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Poor parking in Lowestoft exposed on Facebook

13:21 16 July 2014

Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.

Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.

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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.

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Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.

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.

Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.

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.

Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.Issues of poor parking across Lowestoft have been posted on the Park It Right Lowestoft page on Facebook. Picture: Stuart, Park It Right Facebook.

“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.”

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4 comments

  • The ones along Whapload Road and the roads off, of it are from the Police station and the court house, so i am not sure why they never get ticketed.

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    SIRWolfe

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • The good thing about the Facebook group is they DONT obscure the number plates, why does the media do this? It's not against the law to show them is it?

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    BlueRobin

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Not before time!!! Let's just hope somebody wakes up to this and starts writing some tickets. One of the worst areas is Whapload Road, especially near the Police Station. If the Police are responsible for enforcing the parking laws they don't need a call on 101, they just need to open their eyes! The problem is not just parking on pavements and double yellow lines but also people parking all day in 1 hour slots eg again opposite the Police Station outside John Grose. Perhaps sensible car park charges would help reduce this nuisance and start to fill our empty car parks. Whoever is responsible for this law enforcement let's see some action.

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    Grumpygramp

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Comments with photos to follow

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    Pat Smith

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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