19 Sep 2010

Have you caught a 'plonker' yet?

Folks will have heard about the Stroud campaign group that plans to give 'plonker' award to try and stop cars parking on pavements.

Photo: I've not seen any cars on the pavement since the campaign started so have to use a pic of Randwick Woods for this blog entry!

Members of the newly formed Pedestrians on Pavements campaign (POP) are inviting residents to take good-quality photos of vehicles parked on the town's pavements. The photos will then be exhibited and the public will be asked to vote on who should receive the 'biggest plonker' award.

Green County Councillor Sarah Lunnon, who is one of those who initiated the scheme says she has had huge amounts of positive feedback. It was set up as pavements are for pedestrians, buggies and wheelchairs. The Highway Code specifically forbids pavement parking in London and advises against doing it elsewhere.

POP has asked Stroud District Council to ticket and remove offending vehicles and is asking Gloucestershire County Council to pass a by-law specifically forbidding pavement parking.

David Michael, who also set up the scheme is quoted saying: "We do know how easy it can be to be tempted to pavement park, especially if you are just 'popping in' somewhere. However it really does cause great problems and danger to many pedestrians, especially those in wheelchairs, the elderly, and anyone who does not feel safe going into the road and of course carers with buggies and children. Let us work together and make Stroud a pedestrian friendly town."

David told the SNJ that some 'independent people' have decided to glue ‘pavements are for pedestrian’ notices on windscreens but said the group does not condone this behaviour and prefers the more gentle approach of giving out 'plonker' awards.

Jim Daniels, GCC parking manager is also quoted in the SNJ, responding: “The county council could impose a Traffic Regulation Order preventing parking on pavements and this is something we could consider for areas where there is a real problem. However, it would be impossible to impose a blanket ban for the whole county as this would reduce parking spaces and make the lack of availability a very real issue. We know pavement parking can be a problem for some people and we would always look at each area individually to try to address the needs of both pedestrians and motorists.”

POP ask that high quality images of cars parked on pavements, with number plates showing, be sent to POP(at)gl5.net

The next issue the group will be tackling is vehicles using the pedestrian zone in Stroud town centre.

3 comments:

Garrat Elector said...

"it really does cause great problems and danger to many pedestrians, especially those in wheelchairs, the elderly, and anyone who does not feel safe going into the road and of course carers with buggies and childre

Pavement parking also does a lot of damage to pavements, making them worse and more dangerous for pedestrians to use as they become progressively degraded, cracked and uneven.

More accidents as a result, and higher repair bills for local taxpayers.

Have you seen the Bristol Traffic blog on this?

Philip Booth said...

Thanks - and yes the Bristol site is worth a look - we could do with one of those in Stroud District!

Philip Booth said...

See also great pics at:
http://www.grist.org/article/2010-09-16-parking-day-slideshow/