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More inconsiderate drivers are parking illegally and irresponsibly across Cheshire East, council chiefs say.

Cheshire East Council says there has been a rise in reported cases of “illegal and irresponsible parking” during the latest lockdown.

It comes amid concerns emergency vehicles responding to 999 calls are struggling to access some incidents and slowing them getting the injured and sick to hospital.

Parking chiefs say the problem is on the rise across the whole borough and not just at “the usual hotspots” in town centres and at visitor attractions.

Cllr Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “Our highways and parking officers are finding increasing numbers of motorists parked illegally on our roads and streets, preventing the free-flow of traffic along the highway.

“There is also a real concern that access by emergency services vehicles is being inhibited and even prevented – putting people’s lives at risk.

“This is not just happening in the usual hotspots, such as town centres and visitor attractions, but increasingly across the whole borough. It is simply unacceptable.

“Inconsiderate and irresponsible parking is causing difficulties for residents, pedestrians, people with disabilities or with prams, and other road users, as well as businesses and our emergency services.

“Some people have complained of finding their driveways blocked, leaving them unable to get in or out of their own home.

“Lockdown does not mean people have a licence to park illegally or irresponsibly – and I would urge people to stick to the rules, show consideration for others and help our emergency services to do their fantastic and critically important work unhindered.”

Cheshire East Council says it is to carry out a review of parking policies in the next few months as part of its new local transport plan.

The issue of motorists parking on pavements is the subject of a review by central government, which could change the way this problem is tackled.

Anyone convicted of parking illegally faces a fine of up to £70.

To report illegal parking contact our parking enforcement team on: [email protected] or call 0300 123 5020.

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One Comment

  1. SG says:

    Bring the fines up to date to make people think about what they are doing minimum fined should be £250

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