Council bids to punish dangerous parking on Grantham road

Parking off St Catherine's Road in Grantham. Photo courtesy of Neil Southwell

Parking off St Catherine's Road in Grantham. Photo courtesy of Neil Southwell

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Drivers parking on footpaths and double yellow lines along a town centre street could soon find themselves getting a ticket.

South Kesteven District Council wants to impose a parking order which will allow it to fine any motorist who parks illegally on the unadopted road between the Welham Street car park and the Reel cinema, which leads to the health clinic. It plans to install at least two disabled parking bays on the road, but drivers parking elsewhere will be penalised.

In a report to the executive, which met on Monday, it said: “The area of land is currently subject to vehicles parking in a dangerous manner, which includes parking on the footpath which is hazardous and dangerous to pedestrians and other road users.”

Councillor Linda Wootten asked officers how things would change if a parking order was implemented as drivers were already ignoring yellow lines on the road. She was told that once a parking order was implemented it could be enforced.

It was agreed to go out to consultation on the proposal.

A SKDC spokesman said: “There is set to be a consultation period as to whether to create two disabled parking spaces on the road adjacent to Welham Street car park. Should the order be passed after this period then the parking restrictions will be enforced upon this currently unadopted road.”

Neil Southwell, of Ingoldsby, says he has seen the road filled on several occasions by cars parking on pavements. He added: “Why is parking on the pavement and yellow lines allowed on this street? It is a clear obstruction causing anyone with a pushchair or in a wheelchair to go out into the road. Drivers are being ignorant. Parking regulations are strictly enforced in other areas but not here.”