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Crackdown on bad parking outside shops in Framwellgate Moor
DRIVERS are being urged to park more considerately when they stop at local shops or face a penalty ticket.
Traffic wardens are stepping up patrols in the Framwellgate Moor area of Durham after complaints about vehicles parking on the pavement in Front Street.
In many cases it happens so that the driver can quickly visit a shop and buy something and is worst at peak times.
Durham County councillors for the area have asked the council to step up enforcement and are concerned that the problem poses a threat to road safety and the safety of pedestrians..
Councillor Mark Wilkes said: "There are a number of drivers, particularly early morning, lunchtime and early evening, who pull up onto the pavement, frequently at high speeds, to pop to the shops.
"Clearly we want people to use the shops but jumping onto a busy pavement at 20 or 30mph in a van is dangerous and illegal."
Coun Wilkes said the culprits had little excuse as big improvements had taken place in recent years to increase parking provision in the area.
He added: "In recent years we resurfaced the car park at the rear of the community centre, providing 35 parking spaces.
"In addition, limited waiting in all the parking bays along Front Street has been provided.
"This has significantly increased the turnover of vehicles, making it far easier for passing trade.
"On top of this, other parking provision has been increased in the area as well."
He said that Framwellgate Moor now had four car parks that were open around the clock or at certain times of day, as well as the parking bays in Front Street.
Coun Wilkes is working with fellow councillors Mamie Simmons and Amanda Hopgood to see what additional measures can be put in place to ease the problems.
Dave Wafer, Durham County Council’s strategic traffic manager, said: “We are aware of concerns about parking in Framwellgate Moor and have deployed extra patrols in the area.
“We welcome information from anyone about specific parking problems and, where appropriate, will take additional enforcement action.”
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