Illegal parking in our High Street is being ignored, say councillors
COMMUNITY leaders in Portishead are calling for a police crackdown on people who park illegally along the town's High Street.
Councillors say that despite new traffic regulations introduced in 2011, people are still continuing to park illegally and dangerously in the High Street, putting the lives of motorists and pedestrians at risk.
They are now calling for a meeting with police to ensure the traffic regulations are enforced by officers, and that people found parking illegally are ticketed.
The renewed call comes after Councillor David Pasley, pictured, took photographs of a number of vehicles parked on double yellow lines, on pavements and obscuring pedestrian crossings in the High Street.
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He has sent the pictures to the police.
Mr Pasley said: "We have the new traffic regulations in place but we feel they are being totally ignored. No-one seems interested in the illegal parking that is happening in the High Street.
"What is the point of having restrictions if they are not going to be enforced?
"The High Street is a busy area and this illegal parking is just adding to congestion problems."
Mr Pasley and councillors Reyna Knight and Alan McMurray held a meeting with North Somerset Chief Superintendent Julian Moss late last year to discuss the issue of illegal parking on the High Street.
Mr Moss said: "Whilst we understand that parking issues are important to residents, our policing resources are finite and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities is our key priority, as the public would expect.
"We will continue to tackle parking issues of course, but only where resources allow.
"North Somerset is the only area in the South West where the police have responsibility for parking rather than the council.
"It's our view that a civilianised approach to parking enforcement should be adopted in this area too.
"It would ensure the best deal for the taxpayer as any revenue then goes back to the council to be spent on improving services for the local area so it's a win-win situation for residents."