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Pavement parkers could face a crackdown under plans by Cheshire East Council.

The authority says it will target measures to ensure pedestrians, wheelchair users and the partially sighted are no longer impeded.

A Department for Transport (DfT) review of current regulations is currently underway.

Cheshire East Council says it will submit evidence to the review to highlight key issues and experiences of pavement parking, while also looking at options for controlling the problem.

Many of Cheshire East’s older towns like Nantwich have narrow streets with no off-street parking, which results in more vehicles parking on footpaths.

The authority plans to consider targeted measures to promote sustainable transport with less car dependency.

Cllr Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “Parking vehicles on pavements may, in some instances, seem the only appropriate choice for households.

“But it can seriously impede pedestrians, partially sighted and blind people and people with mobility issues, including wheelchair users and those in mobility scooters.

“These residents must often put themselves at risk by being forced to move on to the road to get around a vehicle parked on the pavement.

“While the police have powers to deal with serious cases, they have limited resources and the council has limited powers to tackle the problem.

“We must look at how planning regulations for new housing developments could include measures to reduce pavement parking, including for houses of multiple occupation, which often see more than one vehicle per property.

“Ideally, we wish to see greater reliance on walking, cycling and public transport and less dependency on motor vehicles.

“A large number of our streets were built with little or no off-street parking space and vehicles are often parked on pavements to ensure a free-flow of traffic on the roadway.

“Therefore, there is no easy solution.”

Cllr Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “Pavement parking can have a seriously detrimental effect on communities.

“Parents with prams and small children, people with disabilities, including blind and partially sighted people, are all inconvenienced and put at risk by pavement parking.

“But there has to be a balance, with any policy we introduce to ensure that any local restriction on pavement parking does not merely shift the problem around the corner.”

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  1. Frances Jones says:

    Is this going to affect cyclists who use the pavements??

    • Paul Weaver says:

      I can honestly say I can’t remember seeing a cyclist riding along the pavement in Nantwich

      I saw a car driving along the pavement this morning, and I haven’t even left the house!

  2. Garry Rimmer says:

    They will have a hell of a job to stop pavement parking in our cul-de-sac without alterations.

    • Paul Weaver says:

      Tow cars parked on pavement, fine them on first offence, crush them on second offence. That would stop drivers driving and parking on pavements.

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