Volunteers with cameras to catch drivers parking illegally in Portishead
VOLUNTEERS with cameras could soon be patrolling Portishead town centre in a bid to catch illegal parkers.
Local residents could be given digital cameras – funded by the town council – to use on patrol along the High Street as part of an innovative new Park Watch scheme.
It is the idea of councillor David Pasley who is asking the town council to give £1,000 towards the set up costs of the initiative.
As part of the scheme residents would be given digital cameras and tasked with patrolling the High Street and surrounding side roads to catch illegal or irresponsible parkers.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Those caught parking illegally, perhaps on double yellow lines or on pavements, would be caught on camera with the pictures being sent to the police.
Volunteers would be issued with brightly coloured tabards to highlight their presence on the streets.
A motion is to be put before Portishead Town Council on Wednesday night asking for council to allocate funds for the initiative.
Town councillors would co-ordinate the scheme and a working party set up to liaise with volunteers.
The move follows increasing concern about the level of inconsiderate and illegal parking in High Street.
Earlier this month, Mr Pasley captured on camera a number of drivers leaving their vehicles on the pavement and sent the snaps to police for action.
Mr Pasley said: "The idea is to recruit volunteers to join a Park Watch scheme.
"It would be similar to Speedwatch, although to target problematic parkers rather than speeding drivers.
"I am asking the town council to make funding available to allow us to purchase a number of digital cameras and other equipment which would be handed to volunteers who would then go out on the streets.
"Parking is not a priority for the police who have limited resources and this scheme would support their efforts to target illegal parking, especially in the High Street.
"The volunteers would become the local eyes and ears and hopefully the fact that people know they are being watched may make them think twice about how they park.
"Bad parking along the High Street has been a real problem for some time.
"People park on the pavements, double yellow lines, loading bays and even the zig zags by the crossing.
"This makes the area very dangerous for pedestrians and motorists and this could be one way of helping tackle it and I would hope police would follow up any information provided."
Avon and Somerset Police declined to comment on what officers would do with the photographs and whether they would result in prosecutions.