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Careless parking creating problems in Pinchbeck and West Pinchbeck

Inconsiderate motorists who leave their vehicles on paths are causing headaches in two villages but Highways are unable to take action, a parish council was told

Pinchbeck Parish Council heard that careless parking has created problems for pedestrians and businesses.

The meeting on Monday heard that a van has been blocking the pavement in Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck.

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But Lincolnshire county councillor Elizabeth Sneath said the highways authority was unable to take action to stop this issue.

She said: “Highways say they are not able to utilise civil parking enforcement as there are no parking restrictions down there.

“I thought pavement parking was an offence.”

Coun Lynne Andrew said that the van was completely blocking the pavement each day.

She said: “We have a chap in a wheelchair and another man whose eye sight is really poor and walks along there for his daily exercise. It is not good.”

Coun Ann Savage joked: “Get him to park on the road as that would be brilliant to slow a few folks down.”

While Coun Samantha Jeffery asked if it would be possible to get yellow lines installed.

Coun James Avery, who was chairing the meeting, said the matter was worth chasing.

He said: “What tends to happen is that highways suggest that it is a police matter and the police do the same and say it is a highways matter.

“It is as difficult to get yellow lines put down as it is to get them to change the speed limit.”

Coun Sneath was also reported that she was hopeful that restrictions could be put in place along Edison Court, in Enterprise Way, after businesses had highlighted problems with their accesses being blocked by inconsiderate parking.

She also gave members an update on the progress of the Spalding Western Relief Road. Archaeological work had now been completed and work is due to start in the spring but the team are awaiting approval from Network Rail and land acquisition.

Coun Avery reported that highways have said there is a borderline case to reduce the 40mph speed limit in Mill Green Lane.

However this would need approval by the county’s planning and regulation committee.

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