Drivers fined for causing obstruction

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Fourteen fixed penalty notices were issued in the village on parked vehicles that were causing an unnecessary obstruction.

A police officer visited Redesmere Drive at about 8am on Friday, 31st March, and whilst issuing the £30 fines he witnessed a waste collection lorry trying to get down Redesmere Drive. The truck could not get through the double parked vehicles and had to reverse onto Ryleys Lane.

PCSO Sarah Stanley said "These vehicles were given the tickets for one or more of the following reasons: blocking the foot path, double parked or parked on/opposite the junction with Winderemere Drive. Unnecessary obstruction covers any offences whereby a motor vehicle has been used to obstruct the highway, which includes footpaths."

She added "I have previously reported the issues above to CEC and requested restrictions to be put in place to help reduce the problems in this area. However I think this might be at the bottom of the list due to all the other road improvements currently underway in the village."

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Stewart Dyer
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 9:42 am
Finally action has been taken! I saw the notices and wondered why some cars had been ticketed, and not others. This makes it clearer. Great that the PO was there when the waste vehicle was obstructed.
Jon Williams
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 10:02 am
Have a look at Brook Lane as well !
Nick Hutchins
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 10:29 am
Unbelievably thoughtless, selfish and/or arrogant, particularly the second one to park. Delighted to see them ticketed and would welcome more of it all over the village.
Stewart Pickering
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 10:59 am
Which car gets a ticket for double parking? Seems unfair for the first one to park if booked
Peter Hallmark
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 1:14 pm
Good but really there should be more double yellow lines put down. Even just along one side of the road would keep it clear for lorries etc and stop parking on both sides. Also came down Congleton road yesterday and more parking where there are solid white lines in the road making it dangerous.
Duncan Herald
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 1:36 pm
I was one of those 'done' for parking on Redesmere, opposite the entrance to Windermere.
I was parked on the correct side of the road. There are no yellow lines there. I was not on the pavement. I was facing the right way. Vehicles could pass easily.
Apparently I was an 'unnecessary obstruction'. What a piece of horse-poo!
I consulted many entries on Google; not one explained how I could possibly have been an obstruction.

I also consulted on Google as to whether it was best to pay up or ask for a day in Court. EVERY advice, from both lawyers and non-lawyers advised paying, as in Court I would be found guilty and have to pay hundreds of pounds in costs etc. So 'the fix' is in eh ?
I seem to recall something from a document of 1215 about a 'right to justice and a fair trial'; yes I know that's overkill, but it seems I'm being stuffed.
I hope 'they' choke on their lousy £30.

A Police Officer was there at 'about 8 a.m. eh? So who stuck the ticket on my windscreen at about 9 am ?

I've been a life-long supporter of my local police and I'm sure the Police Officer involved was only following orders but as far as I'm concerned, the Police Commisioner and the Chief Constable can both give up their limo and try parking around A.E. village !

I'd also like to hear that our A.E. Councillor for C.E. would look into the unfair penalty for those of us who were not causing any real obstruction (double parkers get what they deserve of course).

By the way, does anyone know the actual distance I can be from a junction (on the other side of the road) before the Law sees me as an obstruction ?

Oh yes; another thing on Google was that this sort of mini-blitz usually follows a complaint from a neighbour there. Anyone care to 'fess up?

It just leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

Still, look on the bright side: this may be the first living police officer seen in the village this year? Roll on the first cuckoo !
Roy West
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 2:33 pm
Brook Lane is nearly always a hazard, with cars and vans parked on both sides of the road and parked on the pavement . I have never seen a Police Officer in Brook Lane in over 4 years,( except for the Tour of Britain cycle race last year!)
Duncan Herald
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 5:09 pm
In the photo. above; why have both the cars got a ticket?
The first one there can't have been 'double parked' so is this a spot of 'summary judgement' i.e. one of them is bookable, but as we can't tell which we'll 'do' both of them.
The plot thickens ?
Harry Martin
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 5:50 pm
£30 is nothing to some of the ticketed .Look at the cars - A BMW and an Audi .Points would be better. Imagine an ambulance trying to get through!
Bob Bracegirdle
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 6:56 pm
I cannot remember if it's 30' or 30m from the corner but any closer is illegal as is parking on pavements. I'm certainly not sure that you have any right to park in the street as a matter of course, yellow lines or no yellow lines.

Come and try the lanes around Gawsworth School around 8.45am and 3.00pm for some really exciting parking. Parking all over pavements, on corners obscuring views for any driver, engines left running - you name it. And there is a perfectly good car park 5min walk away.
Jon Williams
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 8:35 pm
10m (32ft) Bob
Paul Williams
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 9:19 pm
Hi Bob Bracegirdle.
I must pull you up on a couple of things you said.

Parking on pavements is not actually illegal (outside London).

You also say you are not sure that someone (I assume you mean anyone) has a right to park in the street as a matter of course.

May I ask who has to give permission for a lawful driver to park on a public road.
Alan Brough
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 10:55 pm
Paul,

You may well be legally correct, but the practice of parking on (and blocking) pavements should be outlawed.

I witnessed an old couple, in their 80's - him pushing her in a wheelchair - having to drop down a kerb and push the chair 10 metres in the road, to circumvent some Audi-driving idiot that had parked his car completely on a pavement outside his home.

Common sense, courtesy and consideration should prevail to prevent the need for litigation don't you think?
Duncan Herald
Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 9:55 am
Last evening I walked from AE train station to Horseshoe Lane.
Cars actually parked 100% on pavements.
Rather more ticketable than the picked on responsible folk parked on Redesmere (not the double parkers).
Was there a Police Officer to be seen? Hollow laughter !
Jon Williams
Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 10:03 am
Paul:
"Parking on pavements is not actually illegal (outside London)."
Blocking a footpath is !
Duncan Herald
Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 4:42 pm
I am told (hearsay) that one of the ticketed cars was of the on-duty District Nurse.
If so, someone had best get cancelling that ticket ?
Paul Williams
Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 10:04 pm
Alan and Jon
I was only pointing out that Bob's statement was factually incorrect.
I didn't say I agreed with it.

"Common sense, courtesy and consideration should prevail to prevent the need for litigation don't you think?"

I wholeheartedly agree with Alan on this.

The world would be a much better place if this was so, in all walks of life.
Duncan Herald
Monday 3rd April 2017 at 9:35 am
Just a thought.
If the rule re. 'obstruction' of the entry to Windermere was applied to London Rd., would we have pretty much a car-free London Rd. ?
Duncan Herald
Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 9:40 am
I suspect that this topic has probably mostly run its course?
May I put up one last spleenic comment?

I believe that the response to entries above have shown that the actions of whoever was responsible for the cock-up have no intention of explaining who was behind it or why that limited area was chosen.
No comment from any part of the police authority, or from the PCC (he may be busy with his little fuss re. appointing an assistant!), or from C.E. Indeed no part of the local authorities whatsoever.
Let alone any form of apology !

So do we now await the next mini-blitz somewhere else?

It still seems to me, that when confronted with an irate citizenry, those in authority just apply the mushroom treatment.
Twas ever thus!

I'll wager a risky 10p that 'they' don't do it on London Rd. !
Carolynne Braisdell
Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 9:11 am
I have just been reading this article and the comments. I would like to highlight the parking situation on Elmfield Road and the surround roads, you will find cars and vans parked on footpaths, obstructing pedestrians right of way. Some people think is fine to park directly outside my home on the path, fully and block my footpath gate, this I understand is illegal, correct me if I am wrong! In my opinion, the parking laws in London should be brought into force nationally. The police are never seen in this area issuing parking tickets.
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 9:57 am
Are the PCC-Team allowed to come around and issue tickets?

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