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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Police sound alarm over Barrow parking snags

DRIVERS are being warned to stop blocking roundabouts and cycle lanes on Barrow Island.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned that motorists are causing unnecessary obstructions by irresponsible parking – in one week alone 55 tickets have been issued for illegal parking.

Police are urging motorists to park more responsibly following complaints from road users that roads in the area are difficult to pass due to obstructing vehicles.

Sergeant John McIntosh, of Barrow neighbourhood policing team, said: “Officers in the past few weeks have seen vehicles obstructing other road users by irresponsible parking.

“Our local PCSO, Tina Sykes, has spoken with members of the local community and local employers, including BAE Systems, to highlight the potential dangers of obstructing the road.

“Just yesterday an HGV clipped the central reservation as it struggled to get through due to being obstructed by parked cars.

“Thankfully no one was hurt and we want to make sure there aren’t any further incidents caused by reckless parking.”

Officers will be patrolling the area and will issue parking tickets where they see illegal or unnecessary obstruction. More than 55 parking tickets were issued last week.

Sergeant McIntosh added: “Following the issuing of parking tickets we have seen that some motorists have moved their vehicle to a different road, however they remain an obstruction. We want road users to be as safe as possible and motorists finding a legal place to park will help.”

A spokesman from BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines said: “We are aware of parking issues around our site that can affect the local community and our own employees.

“Safety is of paramount importance and we strongly urge our employees to park safely and responsibly.

“We have met with local PSCO Sykes and representatives from the local community to discuss the issue and how we can work together to improve the situation.”

Have your say

There isn't enough parking in the area for the number of staff working in the dockyard so it was necessary for some cars to park on the advisory cycle lane. Traffic could still pass easily so no offence was committed.

Posted by Elvis Presley on 22 January 2014 at 15:33

So double yellows down the dock road only moved the problem it didn't solve it. Told you so?
It doesnt seem to be recognised that a large portion of BAE workers HAVE to travel considerable distances to get to work. Combined with modern busy lives, the logical answer is to drive to work enabling a swift exit come home time. The ethos of parking being a luxury can't be maintained forever.
Gravel all that wasteland by Waterside house charge £1 per day and get the nuisance parkers away from residential areas. Simples?

Posted by Becca on 22 January 2014 at 12:34

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