The Parish Council is aware that there is a significant lack of parking in the village, made worse by the current developments and the understandable concern of parents about their children travelling on the buses in the current pandemic.
As a Parish Council, we are looking at ways of improving the situation but in the short term, this is not practicable. The village car park is small but we hope to extend it however it is only for short term (four-hour) parking.
The HIGHWAY CODE which is enforceable by law states:
238 you MUST NOT wait or park in an area designated by zone entry signs indicating a Controlled Parking Zone. The Garstang Road stretch of the village, from the semis by the Pinfold through to the Co-op. is such a zone. There are bays on both sides of the road before the garage, but the east side is usually used by the residents of the cottages.
239 that if you have to stop on the roadside:
- Do not park facing against the traffic flow
- Stop as close as you can to the side
- You MUST switch off the engine, headlights and fog lights
All of which is ignored by people parking on Woodplumpton Lane, Sandygate Lane, Garstang Road and the side roads around this are, especially drivers with their engines running. The bypass aimed to reduce pollution for the school children, this increase it!
242 says you MUST NOT leave your vehicle in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.
This regularly happens on Northway opposite the high school, on Garstang Road by the primary school, and on Sandygate lane
244 says that you should not park partially or wholly on the pavement (except in London, where it is compulsory) unless signs permit it.
Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs. This also damages the pavements which in turn lead to uneven pavements and damage to the services channelled beneath.
This plea to road users could have been accompanied by photos but, at this stage, we are asking for co-operation and courtesy if asked to move along.
You are welcome visitors to our village, so please support us in an effort to reduce the issues of parking.