Drivers being urged to be considerate when parking on the street in Trowbridge

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Officers in Trowbridge are reminding drivers to be respectful when they are parking on the street, particularly around schools.

It has been brought to our attention that there has been an increase in complaints associated to people parking on pavements, parking at junctions and parking opposite pedestrian crossings.

The requirement is to provide a minimum of 1.5 metres for pedestrian to pass; this allows space for pushchairs, wheelchairs and people on crutches as well as parents walking with their children.

Failing to do so can lead to drivers being prosecuted for obstruction of the highway.

PC Millis Miller, of the Trowbridge Community Policing Team, said: “We have been made aware of the issues that pedestrians are facing when it comes to parking and would politely ask drivers to think about where they are parking when they stop their vehicles.

“Areas that appear to be hotspots are around College Road Estate with the local college and school, however, it is not just confined to this area.

“With the schools still open during lockdown, more people are using the pavements than before and we ask road users to consider this. While it may seem like the most convenient place for you to stop your vehicle, you are causing a potentially dangerous hazard.

“I’d also like to remind drivers that it is not acceptable to block a junction or to obstruct a pedestrian crossing of any kind, which we are seeing is a particular issue around Grove School.

“Dropped kerbs should also be respected and should not be parked across, denying access for those trying to access their homes and properties.”

If you have concerns about parking in your area, please contact your local authority. If you have an immediate problem, please call us on 101, and always call 999 in an emergency.
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