Pavement parking: Residents set to back changes as they are ‘fed up’ with blocked paths

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Residents in West Norfolk have attacked drivers who stop on the side of the path which leaves locals forced to “walk in the road”. One local from Dersingham village near Kings Lynn said she fears “cars could come along” the road when they are on it avoiding parked traffic.

They said: “I use a rollator as it helps me walk, without it I wouldn’t be able to walk, unless with a walking stick, because I have osteoarthritis.

“When lorries park on the kerb I am expected to walk in the road when a car could come along.

“I am fed up with cars parking on the pavement half on and half of the kerb.”

New pavement parking laws could soon be introduced across the UK to help improve safety for local residents.

In particular, the new rules are expected to help locals suffering with disabilities such as visual impairments who should not be walking on the road.

Parents with young children and pushchairs could also benefit from the changes as they will not be forced to step onto the road.

Under current rules, pavement parking is only legally enforced in London and Cardiff.

However, a recent Department for Transport consultation offered three options including a national ban.

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It could see road users issued a £70 fine for stopping their vehicles half on and half off the kerbs if the rule is passed.

The move is set to be backed by many residents in villages and towns after a surge of parking complaints from residents.

Sarah Bristow, the Parish Clerk for Dersingham Parish Council said she had received comments about a range of parking problems near the coast.

However, she confirmed no formal complaints have been received meaning officials may not be aware of the problem.

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