Grantham Journal letter: Nothing ever gets done

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Once again the Journal contained a letter about parking problems, and for months your paper has covered the ‘Dozy Parkers’ issue.

One only has to take a short drive around Grantham to see examples of motorists who obstruct footpaths, park on grass verges, and often in positions that cause danger to others.

It could be argued that this is symptomatic of the chaotic and completely inadequate traffic planning and management that blights the town.

However, unless on private property, nearly all of the examples you feature are offences under the Road Traffic Act, the Highways Act, and in the case of churning up of grass verges, the Criminal Damage Act, and the drivers of the vehicles concerned are personally responsible for their behaviour.

The truth is, most parking and obstruction offences are committed because drivers are inconsiderate, lazy, and don’t think nor care about how they behave.

Frustratingly, as we all know (especially the offending drivers themselves), little ever gets done. Parking is not a priority to anyone it doesn’t affect directly (unless it generates revenue).

There was a time when probationary constables used to “walk the town” for the first two years of their service, and they would happily deal with motorists and residents who parked illegally.

Now, those in authority will tell you that the responsibility for such matters has been devolved to “partner agencies” in the “extended police family” – which, when translated actually means nobody takes responsibility for it, and nothing gets done.

There is no reason why a police officer in uniform should drive past an offending vehicle and not deal with the driver, either in person or by way of a fixed penalty notice (unless they are en route to an urgent assignment).

It is a sad fact that motorists who drive with disregard for other road users in one way often don’t bother about other aspects of their vehicle use and ownership, such as documentation and roadworthiness.

There is also no reason council parking wardens cannot target problematic areas outside the town centre, such as outside schools.

It might also be more effective if, instead of uploading a photo on to Facebook to laugh at, the witnesses to these offences secured their evidence and reported the matter to the authorities – who should then act.

Finally, however, perhaps the award for ‘Doziest Parkers’ could be saved for the representatives of Lincolnshire Police/Road Safety Partnership who regularly park their van conducting speed enforcement on the A52 at the bottom of Somerby Hill, approaching Bridge End Road.

Is there any reason why the vehicle cannot be parked lawfully and conventionally against the nearside kerb to undertake this activity instead of where it usually is – parked on the grass verge, partially obstructing the footpath?

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