I’m backing the Transport Select Committee’s call for action on pavement parking. It has been a big issue across the constituency; causing huge problems for lots of people, but especially those with sight and mobility problems as well as parents with pushchairs. When constituents raised the issue I took it up with the Council and the police, who are both limited in what they can do.
So I’ve been pushing for a change in the law and when the Transport Select Committee announced an inquiry into pavement parking, I submitted evidence to them, describing the problems faced by people in Sheffield and urging that “consideration be given to recommending that the police and local authorities are granted sufficient powers to deal effectively with problem parking”.
Sheffield City Council also submitted evidence to the Select Committee’s inquiry, making it clear that they need new powers to address the issue. I support their case and agree that the new powers need to be flexible because a blanket ban would cause difficulty on some narrow, terraced streets, where residents have no choice but to park on the pavement, while leaving clear access, and to enable pavement parking to be regulated without also putting single or double yellow lines on the roads.
The Committee’s report includes recommendations on some immediate measures that the Government should take, as well as calling for proper legislative change. It also slams the Government’s inaction because, despite promising to do so in 2015, the Government have not yet taken any action.
I’ll continue to press the issue when the report’s recommendations are considered.