Concerns over problem parking in the Arboretum

1614573909 Paul Jackson 14.04.14 Worcester Cars parking on pavements in the Arboretum. Barry Street. (5399969)

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1614573904 Paul Jackson 14.04.14 Worcester Cars parking on pavements in the Arboretum. Lowell Street. (5399959)

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RESIDENTS of a Worcester neighbourhood which has long been plagued by inconsiderate drivers parking on pavements have hit back at the lack of action to tackle the problem.

At a meeting of the Arboretum Resident’s Association (ARA) on Tuesday, April 8, the group’s chairman Brendan Magill said he was sick of car owners parking across pavements in the area.

“Anti-social parking is getting worse in the Arboretum in many places,” he said.

“Today six vehicles were parked so close to the property it would not have been possible for someone in a wheelchair or a buggy to get through.”

He said he had spoken to West Mercia Police about the problem but had been told they were not enforcing nuisance parking.

“That is not satisfactory,” he said. “This is something that’s got to be solved.

“Parking on the pavement to avoid parking on the road is not a satisfactory solution – all you’re doing is passing your problem off on someone else.”

As the area borders the city centre commuters have often used it to avoid paying for parking, leaving residents with nowhere to park their own cars.

ARA secretary Paul Brohan said there seemed to be no end in sight for the problem.

"Most people in the Arboretum want the maximum amount of parking as near to their homes as possible," he said.

Group member Ivan Smith said enforcing restrictions in the neighbourhood was not a realistic solution.

"If we have lines drawn in the Arboretum no one will be able to park anywhere, he said.

A spokesman from West Mercia Police said it was an offence under the Highways Act to park on a pavement, which is enforced by traffic wardens from Worcester City Council, but vehicles obstructing people from getting past was a police matter. She added police and local authorities worked closely to deal with problems when they arose.

Parking problems in the area have been a particular problem recently with a year-long series of roadworks throughout the neighbourhood currently in progress.

The £1 million project by Severn Trent Water and contractor Morgan Sindall to replace about five kilometres of old water pipelines in the area began last August, resulting in rolling road closures throughout the Arboretum.

After concerns were raised when the work was announced that the road closures would cause problems with parking, a special scheme was introduced allowing people living in the area to access their homes by car.

The work is on target to finish this summer.

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4:31pm Tue 15 Apr 14

sunnside says...

parking on the pavement is against the law if it obstructs in any way the council could make a fortune if they booked every car that parked on the pavement isn't that what traffic wardens do or do they suffer travel sickness if they leave the city centre.
parking on the pavement is against the law if it obstructs in any way the council could make a fortune if they booked every car that parked on the pavement isn't that what traffic wardens do or do they suffer travel sickness if they leave the city centre. sunnside
  • Score: 19

4:47pm Tue 15 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

More Bicycles.

Less Cars

Fewer Parking Problems
More Bicycles. Less Cars Fewer Parking Problems i-cycle
  • Score: -4

6:24pm Tue 15 Apr 14

truth must out says...

i-cycle wrote:
More Bicycles.

Less Cars

Fewer Parking Problems
Less bicycles....as they are all being nicked from the city centre....!!!
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: More Bicycles. Less Cars Fewer Parking Problems[/p][/quote]Less bicycles....as they are all being nicked from the city centre....!!! truth must out
  • Score: 9

6:28pm Tue 15 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

truth must out wrote:
i-cycle wrote:
More Bicycles.

Less Cars

Fewer Parking Problems
Less bicycles....as they are all being nicked from the city centre....!!!
More bike stands.

Better locks.

Sorted.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: More Bicycles. Less Cars Fewer Parking Problems[/p][/quote]Less bicycles....as they are all being nicked from the city centre....!!![/p][/quote]More bike stands. Better locks. Sorted. i-cycle
  • Score: 11

8:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

skychip says...

Fort Royal Hill is another severe problem with parking on the pavement, just can't walk on pavement with pushchair
Fort Royal Hill is another severe problem with parking on the pavement, just can't walk on pavement with pushchair skychip
  • Score: 10

7:10am Wed 16 Apr 14

jb says...

This is and always will be a problem in areas like the Arboretum. At the time the houses were built many years ago obviously no one knew that many homes would have at least two vehicles and given the developing city centre people would see the area as a free car park. They had a residents parking scheme some a few years ago but policing it was difficult to do everyday and even with that the amount of residents vehicles has since increased which will always mean finding a safe and legal parking space will be difficult.
"Most people in the Arboretum want the maximum amount of parking as near to their homes as possible," he said.
In an ideal world this would be great but unless you live in a house with a driveway or allocated parking you don't have any right to expect to park close to your home.
This is and always will be a problem in areas like the Arboretum. At the time the houses were built many years ago obviously no one knew that many homes would have at least two vehicles and given the developing city centre people would see the area as a free car park. They had a residents parking scheme some a few years ago but policing it was difficult to do everyday and even with that the amount of residents vehicles has since increased which will always mean finding a safe and legal parking space will be difficult. "Most people in the Arboretum want the maximum amount of parking as near to their homes as possible," he said. In an ideal world this would be great but unless you live in a house with a driveway or allocated parking you don't have any right to expect to park close to your home. jb
  • Score: 4

11:46am Wed 16 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

Same old, same old.

Until the Police take their jobs seriously then the criminals who park on the pavement will be allowed to get away with it.
Same old, same old. Until the Police take their jobs seriously then the criminals who park on the pavement will be allowed to get away with it. Hwicce
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

pinkfluff says...

i-cycle wrote:
More Bicycles. Less Cars Fewer Parking Problems
pinkfluff tuts and rolls eyes.
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: More Bicycles. Less Cars Fewer Parking Problems[/p][/quote]pinkfluff tuts and rolls eyes. pinkfluff
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Paul Griffiths says...

Fewer Cars
Better Grammar
Fewer Cars Better Grammar Paul Griffiths
  • Score: 5

9:28pm Wed 16 Apr 14

peeps21 says...

jb wrote:
This is and always will be a problem in areas like the Arboretum. At the time the houses were built many years ago obviously no one knew that many homes would have at least two vehicles and given the developing city centre people would see the area as a free car park. They had a residents parking scheme some a few years ago but policing it was difficult to do everyday and even with that the amount of residents vehicles has since increased which will always mean finding a safe and legal parking space will be difficult.
"Most people in the Arboretum want the maximum amount of parking as near to their homes as possible," he said.
In an ideal world this would be great but unless you live in a house with a driveway or allocated parking you don't have any right to expect to park close to your home.
You may not have any right to park near your home but you do have a right to walk on the pavement without being obstructed by a parked vehicle.
[quote][p][bold]jb[/bold] wrote: This is and always will be a problem in areas like the Arboretum. At the time the houses were built many years ago obviously no one knew that many homes would have at least two vehicles and given the developing city centre people would see the area as a free car park. They had a residents parking scheme some a few years ago but policing it was difficult to do everyday and even with that the amount of residents vehicles has since increased which will always mean finding a safe and legal parking space will be difficult. "Most people in the Arboretum want the maximum amount of parking as near to their homes as possible," he said. In an ideal world this would be great but unless you live in a house with a driveway or allocated parking you don't have any right to expect to park close to your home.[/p][/quote]You may not have any right to park near your home but you do have a right to walk on the pavement without being obstructed by a parked vehicle. peeps21
  • Score: 16

1:10am Thu 17 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

One of the many times the parking situation in The Arbouretum was raised at a Council meeting, the residents were demanding a residents only scheme with official badges but when it came to who payed for such a scheme they said not them, since some families had more than one car.
One of the many times the parking situation in The Arbouretum was raised at a Council meeting, the residents were demanding a residents only scheme with official badges but when it came to who payed for such a scheme they said not them, since some families had more than one car. Jabbadad
  • Score: 6

11:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

poontangy says...

The problem is that people park in the arboretum and then go shopping or to work in town as they are too tight to pay for car parking. People only park on the pavement on one side of the road. The other pavement on the other side of the road is always clear. So walk on that one. Or push your kids pushchair on that side.
The problem is that people park in the arboretum and then go shopping or to work in town as they are too tight to pay for car parking. People only park on the pavement on one side of the road. The other pavement on the other side of the road is always clear. So walk on that one. Or push your kids pushchair on that side. poontangy
  • Score: -10

12:30pm Thu 17 Apr 14

themooman says...

i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue
i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue themooman
  • Score: -12

4:21pm Thu 17 Apr 14

nicki1967 says...

I used to live in the Arboretum and would gladly have paid to use a residents' parking scheme. I had thought that once the carpark at Asda had opened with it's cheap parking then the selfish workers and shoppers would stop using the area as a free carpark but they didn't. The annoying thing was that it was usually the residents who ended up having to pay parking tickets thanks to these inconsiderate tightwads. I usually found that if residents were not parked up before 2.30 at the latest on a Friday, we were all out waiting on people to move early on a Saturday morning as the traffic wardens were always round first thing handing out tickets.
I used to live in the Arboretum and would gladly have paid to use a residents' parking scheme. I had thought that once the carpark at Asda had opened with it's cheap parking then the selfish workers and shoppers would stop using the area as a free carpark but they didn't. The annoying thing was that it was usually the residents who ended up having to pay parking tickets thanks to these inconsiderate tightwads. I usually found that if residents were not parked up before 2.30 at the latest on a Friday, we were all out waiting on people to move early on a Saturday morning as the traffic wardens were always round first thing handing out tickets. nicki1967
  • Score: 4

4:28pm Thu 17 Apr 14

CJH says...

themooman wrote:
i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue
The really sad thing is that you probably thought it was funny when you wrote this. Guess again...
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue[/p][/quote]The really sad thing is that you probably thought it was funny when you wrote this. Guess again... CJH
  • Score: 9

5:11pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

There is along list of things you look at when you decide to move house, such as schools Pubs ( noise created by pubs) neighbours etc, and one of the highest when looking in town or by a Hospital or such amenity has to be parking. Since this creates problems that cannot be solved by neighbours since, in the case of the Arbouretum there were many households which in the past, didn't own cars. And I dare to sat that not many students have cars.
This problem has been around for so long now and a lot created when carparking charges went up & up in the city, even the park & Ride charges were doubled under the CONservatives, which just made workers look for free onroad parking within walking distance of the town centre and their jobs. wait and see what a problem follows if the Park & Ride is taken away as some on these columns suggest, or as we hear the CONservatives are looking at free Bus Passes.
There were over 8, 000 issued in Worcester. And I understand the 45 minute on street parking spaces are also being looked at with changes coming, particularly to the Blue Badges again.
Lansdowne Crescent has been a free parking area after the £1.2 million spent on it by the previous Margaret Wills led labour council. And you will see the same cars parked there and up Rogers Hill all day.
There is along list of things you look at when you decide to move house, such as schools Pubs ( noise created by pubs) neighbours etc, and one of the highest when looking in town or by a Hospital or such amenity has to be parking. Since this creates problems that cannot be solved by neighbours since, in the case of the Arbouretum there were many households which in the past, didn't own cars. And I dare to sat that not many students have cars. This problem has been around for so long now and a lot created when carparking charges went up & up in the city, even the park & Ride charges were doubled under the CONservatives, which just made workers look for free onroad parking within walking distance of the town centre and their jobs. wait and see what a problem follows if the Park & Ride is taken away as some on these columns suggest, or as we hear the CONservatives are looking at free Bus Passes. There were over 8, 000 issued in Worcester. And I understand the 45 minute on street parking spaces are also being looked at with changes coming, particularly to the Blue Badges again. Lansdowne Crescent has been a free parking area after the £1.2 million spent on it by the previous Margaret Wills led labour council. And you will see the same cars parked there and up Rogers Hill all day. Jabbadad
  • Score: -2

9:12pm Thu 17 Apr 14

themooman says...

CJH wrote:
themooman wrote:
i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue
The really sad thing is that you probably thought it was funny when you wrote this. Guess again...
No comedy intended , I park off Southfield street mate as said never had an issue
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue[/p][/quote]The really sad thing is that you probably thought it was funny when you wrote this. Guess again...[/p][/quote]No comedy intended , I park off Southfield street mate as said never had an issue themooman
  • Score: -14

12:32am Fri 18 Apr 14

nicki1967 says...

themooman wrote:
CJH wrote:
themooman wrote:
i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue
The really sad thing is that you probably thought it was funny when you wrote this. Guess again...
No comedy intended , I park off Southfield street mate as said never had an issue
Why do you not park on a carpark? Or, perhaps, walk or catch the bus?? I guess you feel smug about denying the residents parking though don't you.
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: i park my car on the pavement in the arboretum every day for work and have never had an issue[/p][/quote]The really sad thing is that you probably thought it was funny when you wrote this. Guess again...[/p][/quote]No comedy intended , I park off Southfield street mate as said never had an issue[/p][/quote]Why do you not park on a carpark? Or, perhaps, walk or catch the bus?? I guess you feel smug about denying the residents parking though don't you. nicki1967
  • Score: 12

10:33am Fri 18 Apr 14

themooman says...

I don't use a car park because I don't believe in paying to leave my car somewhere, I don't catch the bus because I live in barbourne so I drive down and park in the arboretum due to it being easily accessible for town, now I realise I annoy you by doing it I will continue to do it kind regards
I don't use a car park because I don't believe in paying to leave my car somewhere, I don't catch the bus because I live in barbourne so I drive down and park in the arboretum due to it being easily accessible for town, now I realise I annoy you by doing it I will continue to do it kind regards themooman
  • Score: -13

11:49am Fri 18 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

I thought that Just a while back, Red "Resident Only" parking badges to be displayed on Residents or visitors vehicles had been distributed. And should the Traffic Wardens see vehicles without a badge then a ticket was issued? And through traffic restrictions also apply?
Sadly one answer could be not to move into the Arbouretum since this problem has been known for many years, and still doesn't seem any nearer being solved.
Perhaps another clue to Marc Baylis jumping ship from Labour to CONservative TOO MUCH WARD PRESSURE, poor sole.
I thought that Just a while back, Red "Resident Only" parking badges to be displayed on Residents or visitors vehicles had been distributed. And should the Traffic Wardens see vehicles without a badge then a ticket was issued? And through traffic restrictions also apply? Sadly one answer could be not to move into the Arbouretum since this problem has been known for many years, and still doesn't seem any nearer being solved. Perhaps another clue to Marc Baylis jumping ship from Labour to CONservative TOO MUCH WARD PRESSURE, poor sole. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Fri 18 Apr 14

poontangy says...

Looks like a few people will be visiting southfield street with their keys out
Looks like a few people will be visiting southfield street with their keys out poontangy
  • Score: 7

2:11am Sat 19 Apr 14

nicki1967 says...

themooman wrote:
I don't use a car park because I don't believe in paying to leave my car somewhere, I don't catch the bus because I live in barbourne so I drive down and park in the arboretum due to it being easily accessible for town, now I realise I annoy you by doing it I will continue to do it kind regards
You only live in Barbourne?! You could walk that in the time it takes to drive into the Arboretum. You obviously didn't read the part of my comment where I said I 'used to live' in the Arboretum. Therefore your feeble attempt at trying to annoy me has failed. I look forward to a picture of you, arms folded, by your car on the front of this paper complaining that your car has been scratched. You have, after all, let current residents of the Arboretum know about your inconsiderate parking.
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: I don't use a car park because I don't believe in paying to leave my car somewhere, I don't catch the bus because I live in barbourne so I drive down and park in the arboretum due to it being easily accessible for town, now I realise I annoy you by doing it I will continue to do it kind regards[/p][/quote]You only live in Barbourne?! You could walk that in the time it takes to drive into the Arboretum. You obviously didn't read the part of my comment where I said I 'used to live' in the Arboretum. Therefore your feeble attempt at trying to annoy me has failed. I look forward to a picture of you, arms folded, by your car on the front of this paper complaining that your car has been scratched. You have, after all, let current residents of the Arboretum know about your inconsiderate parking. nicki1967
  • Score: 11

10:58am Sun 20 Apr 14

peeps21 says...

In Fort Royal Hill and Cole Hill vehicles park on the pavements on both sides of the roads. Many of these belong to commuters and shoppers. The problem is made worse by houses with multiple occupancy and thus multiple vehicles. Police, councillors (City and county)and highways officials blame each other but actually all want the status quo to continue for their own reasons. No serious accidents so far mean nothing will change. However most residents ( who have no choice but to also park on the pavement) have had repeated damage to their cars caused by careless and rushing motorists. Pedestrians have to walk in the roads often and with buggies and wheelchairs.
The only way forward is fora coordinated approach that includes a residents only parking scheme that covers the whole if the inner city area, cheaper car parks, a workable park and ride system and much more emphasis on the health benefits of walking and cycling. Other cities of a similar size can do this. The problem is only going to get worse, so come on Worcester!
In Fort Royal Hill and Cole Hill vehicles park on the pavements on both sides of the roads. Many of these belong to commuters and shoppers. The problem is made worse by houses with multiple occupancy and thus multiple vehicles. Police, councillors (City and county)and highways officials blame each other but actually all want the status quo to continue for their own reasons. No serious accidents so far mean nothing will change. However most residents ( who have no choice but to also park on the pavement) have had repeated damage to their cars caused by careless and rushing motorists. Pedestrians have to walk in the roads often and with buggies and wheelchairs. The only way forward is fora coordinated approach that includes a residents only parking scheme that covers the whole if the inner city area, cheaper car parks, a workable park and ride system and much more emphasis on the health benefits of walking and cycling. Other cities of a similar size can do this. The problem is only going to get worse, so come on Worcester! peeps21
  • Score: 7

1:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

themooman says...

Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched
Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched themooman
  • Score: -8

2:36pm Mon 21 Apr 14

CJH says...

themooman wrote:
Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched
Silver bmw? Really?
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched[/p][/quote]Silver bmw? Really? CJH
  • Score: 4

7:22pm Mon 21 Apr 14

The Doosra says...

themooman wrote:
Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched
You're also a lazy ****
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched[/p][/quote]You're also a lazy **** The Doosra
  • Score: 7

7:56pm Mon 21 Apr 14

CJH says...

themooman wrote:
Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched
I'm thinking that your 'silver bmw' and 'the amount of money' you have is somehow making up for other inadequacies in your life. How very, very sad.
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched[/p][/quote]I'm thinking that your 'silver bmw' and 'the amount of money' you have is somehow making up for other inadequacies in your life. How very, very sad. CJH
  • Score: 7

10:36pm Mon 21 Apr 14

DarrenM says...

maybe if they had some kind of residents parking scheme?............
maybe if they had some kind of residents parking scheme?............ DarrenM
  • Score: -1

2:08pm Tue 22 Apr 14

jabroner says...

themooman wrote:
Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched
Themoorman you have made my day!
hahaha
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: Silver BMW .... Fill your boots, the amount of money I earn I'll just buy a new car if it's scratched[/p][/quote]Themoorman you have made my day! hahaha jabroner
  • Score: -1

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