An investigation made by the Liverpool ECHO highlighted the rise in pavement parking across the Merseyside region, and how the ‘selfish actions’ of drivers were impacting on residential areas.
Liverpool City Council have started a campaign to crack down on people who are blocking the way for pedestrians.
Cllr Pam Thomas was announced as the new Inclusive and Accessible City cabinet role at a Council Meeting in September
She said: “I have had to weave in and out of oncoming traffic because there were cars parked where they shouldn’t be. It really is that dangerous for some people to be able to just cross a road.
“Often, even if I am able to get on a high pavement, I have to get off again because of vehicles in the way.”
The West Derby councillor, who is also a wheelchair user, highlighted her experience of finding it impossible to move because parked cars made it impossible for her to use the pavement.
She said: “There are plenty of other pedestrians with needs for additional space, such as people with visual impairments or mothers with prams who also struggle on a daily basis because of this problem.”
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for highways, said: “Pavement parking makes life extremely difficult for wheelchair users, parents using buggies and prams and puts pedestrians in danger.
“Our ambition is to eventually be able to cover all areas of the city where there are issues, but we want to trial it in some areas and then gradually build up so we aren’t spreading ourselves too thinly.”
The worst affected areas in the city were highlighted as…
- St Michaels
- Old Swan
- West Derby
He added: “It’s important to stress that we won’t be targeting those narrow terraced streets where pavement parking is required to maintain access for emergency service vehicles, such as fire engines.”
The campaign has begun gathering a massive amount of support from people who face the struggle of navigating around cars parked on Liverpool footpaths on a daily basis.
Sarah Johnson, a local mother, said: “I often need to weave in and out of the road to avoid these parked cars. It’s not easy with a twin buggy either.
“I think it is very disrespectful of these drivers to be taking up the pavement and potentially putting lives at risk.”
Below are just a few examples of pavement parking in West Derby village, highlighted as a significant problem when Cllr Thomas agreed to be interviewed on the subject.
Now, taking action herself, Pam often takes to the streets of her own ward to give drivers a gentle reminder of who the pavement is intended for.
DISCLAIMER: It was advised, where visible, to obscure the number plates of the cars pictured in this article in case the drivers were unaware of the law or were parking on the pavement due to a genuine emergency. (All Photos © Andrew Nuttall)