'Stop freeloaders parking in our street' say residents in Fort Royal Hill, Worcester

Worcester News: ACTION NEEDED: A car makes its way down Fort Royal Hill with other vehicles parked on both sides of the pavement. ACTION NEEDED: A car makes its way down Fort Royal Hill with other vehicles parked on both sides of the pavement.

RESIDENTS in a narrow street near the centre of Worcester are demanding action is taken to stop inconsiderate drivers parking on pavements by their homes.

People living in Fort Royal Hill are fed up with car users blocking the pavement and making the road hazardous to drive down.

Residents met Worcester City Council ward member Coun Lynn Denham and ward member with the county council Paul Denham – who is also deputy mayor of the city – over their concerns in October, but so far no action has been taken.

Resident Penny Perrett said she and her neighbours had been plagued by the problem for years.

“Residents of Fort Royal Hill have fought an unsuccessful struggle to put the cars, many owned by freeloading commuters, back on the kerb side where they belong,” she said.

“Repeatedly we have been told that the parking practise was not illegal and was necessary to provide sufficient parking spaces and to allow a flow of traffic including emergency services swift movement and access.”

But she said the road was often used as a ‘rat run’ by drivers avoiding Sidbury and City Walls Road, which are frequently congested and can become extremely busy during rush hours.

“Although we would like to see our street not used as a free car park we compromised and suggest that parking bays should go onto the edge of the pavement as an attempt to get vehicles to park with more respect for the pedestrian,” she said.

“What happens currently is that because of the amount of traffic, cars very frequently get damaged and so they park well onto the pavement to avoid this.”

In September Ms Perrett’s car was hit for the third time while parked on the road, leaving her with a hefty repair bill.

Coun Paul Denham said he was working closely with the council’s highways department to find a solution to the problem.

“Worcester needs parking constraint zones in the central area designed to limit parking by non-residents,” he said.

“At present, many streets in central Worcester's residential areas are full of commuters' vehicles daytime Monday to Friday because the space is free.

“I would like to have non-residents limited to a maximum of one hour on these streets so that they park in off-street car parks for longer periods. The town of Beverley in East Yorkshire operates a very successful such scheme.”

A spokesman from Worcester City Council said enforcement officers would be patrolling the area and taking action against those breaking regulations.

“We urge all drivers to park considerately and ensure that the pavement is not obstructed to pedestrians, prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs,” he said.

A spokesman from Worcestershire County Council said there was little highways department could do to address the problem and if residents wanted a lower speed limit enforced they should contact West Mercia Police but a spokesman from the force said it had not been made aware of concerns in the area.

 

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12:24pm Fri 10 Jan 14

skychip says...

As usual Worcestershire Highways don't want to know. Spetchley Road area is another example of congestion.
As usual Worcestershire Highways don't want to know. Spetchley Road area is another example of congestion. skychip
  • Score: -5

1:55pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hwicce says...

Everyone seems to forget residents don't own the land outside their houses. It is a PUBLIC road for anyone to park on as they wish.

I'm all for ticketing people who park on pavements but it would be interetsing to hear the residents comments if the ticketing was done after 6PM on weekdays or at weekends.
Everyone seems to forget residents don't own the land outside their houses. It is a PUBLIC road for anyone to park on as they wish. I'm all for ticketing people who park on pavements but it would be interetsing to hear the residents comments if the ticketing was done after 6PM on weekdays or at weekends. Hwicce
  • Score: 28

1:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

lovelyjubbly says...

Take a look around Worcester. It is the same for nearly every residential street. You are not a special case and you do not own the road. How many in this road have more than one car per house? Where do they park? We pay tax and insurance to use roads and that includes this road.
Take a look around Worcester. It is the same for nearly every residential street. You are not a special case and you do not own the road. How many in this road have more than one car per house? Where do they park? We pay tax and insurance to use roads and that includes this road. lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 32

4:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

thesquirrel says...

Hwicce wrote:
Everyone seems to forget residents don't own the land outside their houses. It is a PUBLIC road for anyone to park on as they wish.

I'm all for ticketing people who park on pavements but it would be interetsing to hear the residents comments if the ticketing was done after 6PM on weekdays or at weekends.
"Freeloading" means taking advantage of someone else's generosity... it's a public road meaning anyone can park there numbnuts!

I think rather than "Stop freeloaders parking in our streets" you mean to say "Stop cheapskates parking in our street" or even better "Make council car parks less of a rip-off so people don't park in our street"
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: Everyone seems to forget residents don't own the land outside their houses. It is a PUBLIC road for anyone to park on as they wish. I'm all for ticketing people who park on pavements but it would be interetsing to hear the residents comments if the ticketing was done after 6PM on weekdays or at weekends.[/p][/quote]"Freeloading" means taking advantage of someone else's generosity... it's a public road meaning anyone can park there numbnuts! I think rather than "Stop freeloaders parking in our streets" you mean to say "Stop cheapskates parking in our street" or even better "Make council car parks less of a rip-off so people don't park in our street" thesquirrel
  • Score: 7

5:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Until Worcester grasps the nettle and puts in place residents parking zones, then this story will be repeated time and time again. Trouble is, you will never get a majority of residents to agree to these schemes! And I don't believe our elected representatives have the balls to impose them!
Until Worcester grasps the nettle and puts in place residents parking zones, then this story will be repeated time and time again. Trouble is, you will never get a majority of residents to agree to these schemes! And I don't believe our elected representatives have the balls to impose them! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 2

12:54am Sat 11 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

As stated here no one owns the road outside their homes but can report anyone who parks there and causes an obstruction. And those who park on the pavement are ok as long as they also do not cause an obsrtuction as described for those who use the footpath, and Emergency Vehicles which require safe access along the roads / streets.
But the residents may get more than they bargain for if they do get parking restrictions (which cannot be resolved in the Arbouretum) since as said the rules will also apply to themselves.
The Taxi drivers who park on the footpath in the Tything are parking ilegally since this road has yellow lines. But still the police or Traffic Wardens do nothing.
As stated here no one owns the road outside their homes but can report anyone who parks there and causes an obstruction. And those who park on the pavement are ok as long as they also do not cause an obsrtuction as described for those who use the footpath, and Emergency Vehicles which require safe access along the roads / streets. But the residents may get more than they bargain for if they do get parking restrictions (which cannot be resolved in the Arbouretum) since as said the rules will also apply to themselves. The Taxi drivers who park on the footpath in the Tything are parking ilegally since this road has yellow lines. But still the police or Traffic Wardens do nothing. Jabbadad
  • Score: 5

2:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14

CommonSenseFriends says...

Just another busy body who thinks they own the road outside where they live. People will use these residential roads if there is no law against it, which there isn't. These people shouldn't have a problem with the way people park as all they are doing is protecting their cars from damage. If you don't like it then move somewhere else. All streets near the city centre are like this. Just have a look at Stanley Rd or Vincent Rd.
Just another busy body who thinks they own the road outside where they live. People will use these residential roads if there is no law against it, which there isn't. These people shouldn't have a problem with the way people park as all they are doing is protecting their cars from damage. If you don't like it then move somewhere else. All streets near the city centre are like this. Just have a look at Stanley Rd or Vincent Rd. CommonSenseFriends
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Old Uncle says...

Since the city is always crying poor, a step up in enforcement should bring in substantial monies to the city coffers. Restrict the parking on one side of the street to a maximum of two hours during the day or ban parking on the one side completely during the day then vigorously enforce the regulations.
Since the city is always crying poor, a step up in enforcement should bring in substantial monies to the city coffers. Restrict the parking on one side of the street to a maximum of two hours during the day or ban parking on the one side completely during the day then vigorously enforce the regulations. Old Uncle
  • Score: -1

2:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

Good ideas Uncle, I read that in some areas they have alternative sides of the roads for parking, It does mean that they have to swiftly move their cars over if a space is left, but it gives all a chance to park even though as said we don't have any right to park outside our own homes.
Good ideas Uncle, I read that in some areas they have alternative sides of the roads for parking, It does mean that they have to swiftly move their cars over if a space is left, but it gives all a chance to park even though as said we don't have any right to park outside our own homes. Jabbadad
  • Score: -1

4:58pm Sat 11 Jan 14

JackBarley says...

It is not only non residents who can cause problems, with the proliferation of HMO's for students in the St Johns area there are more cars than parking spaces, so they park on the pavements either side of the road and many times I have had trouble getting through the space left and no Emergency vehicle would get through in our narrow street.
It is not only non residents who can cause problems, with the proliferation of HMO's for students in the St Johns area there are more cars than parking spaces, so they park on the pavements either side of the road and many times I have had trouble getting through the space left and no Emergency vehicle would get through in our narrow street. JackBarley
  • Score: -1

11:09pm Sat 11 Jan 14

CYNIC_AL says...

No picture of the concerned residents with their arms folded? C'mon WN you've missed a trick there...
No picture of the concerned residents with their arms folded? C'mon WN you've missed a trick there... CYNIC_AL
  • Score: 5

8:34am Sun 12 Jan 14

b1ackb1rd says...

Freeloaders?????????


I've got a badge in my windscreen, it cost a lot of money and it means I can park wherever there are no restrictions.
Freeloaders????????? I've got a badge in my windscreen, it cost a lot of money and it means I can park wherever there are no restrictions. b1ackb1rd
  • Score: 9

5:51pm Sun 12 Jan 14

JackBarley says...

b1ackb1rd wrote:
Freeloaders?????????



I've got a badge in my windscreen, it cost a lot of money and it means I can park wherever there are no restrictions.
Which badge is this?
[quote][p][bold]b1ackb1rd[/bold] wrote: Freeloaders????????? I've got a badge in my windscreen, it cost a lot of money and it means I can park wherever there are no restrictions.[/p][/quote]Which badge is this? JackBarley
  • Score: -1

6:40pm Sun 12 Jan 14

broken6 says...

Road Tax
Road Tax broken6
  • Score: 13

2:17am Mon 13 Jan 14

Old Uncle says...

There are laws on the books concerning parking on the pavement and blocking access to pedestrians. Aggressive enforcement of these existing restrictions would tend to clear up the situation without placing more restrictions on those who have paid their road tax and abide by the laws.
There are laws on the books concerning parking on the pavement and blocking access to pedestrians. Aggressive enforcement of these existing restrictions would tend to clear up the situation without placing more restrictions on those who have paid their road tax and abide by the laws. Old Uncle
  • Score: 1

2:09pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ideas4all says...

These problems r in most streets I live at the top of wylds lane there's enough space for everyone there but its the selfish ones who leave too much space between the cars most of the culprits are the 9-5 workers who even have off road parking they make matters worse with their 3rd or 4th cars I'm a evening working pay my council tax .lots of times have felt like smashing a windscreen or two when I've ended up parking three streets away but pulled back in the last minute
These problems r in most streets I live at the top of wylds lane there's enough space for everyone there but its the selfish ones who leave too much space between the cars most of the culprits are the 9-5 workers who even have off road parking they make matters worse with their 3rd or 4th cars I'm a evening working pay my council tax .lots of times have felt like smashing a windscreen or two when I've ended up parking three streets away but pulled back in the last minute ideas4all
  • Score: 3

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