Parking Concerns

Alert message sent 16/04/2022 08:12:00

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Dear Resident
I’m writing to you to raise a point that everyone around this location is probably fully aware of. The issue of parking, I write to you for your support.
It’s been bought to the attention of Wiltshire Police that there are ongoing parking problems in the area. Parking problems which are causing a nuisance, which can be deemed as dangerous and parking problems that do not adhere to the highway code, or best practice and parking which is inconsiderate.
This appears to be a typical modern problem. Its quite common nowadays for families to own more than one vehicle however property developers still only develop premises with space allocation for a minimal number of cars, often with no consideration for visitors.
To try and ease these problems and congestion, I ask that thought and consideration is given to where you park and the possible dangers and hazards this could cause.

In this area please could you:

• Park on your drives when they are free
• Not park opposite junctions
• Not park on Tight bends
• Not park on pavements
• Try to limit parking on one side to limit slaloming
• Any hazard you cause to the road for example large amounts of mud deposits from your car, please clean up.

1. It is an offence to drive on to a pavement, contrary to s.72 of the Highway Act 1835 and s.34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988).
2. It is an offence to leave a vehicle on a road (including the pavement) in a dangerous position, contrary to s.22 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
3. It is an offence to obstruct a pavement, contrary to Regulation 103 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. In most places, pavement parking bans are enforced by the local council. But they can charge you only if you're parked on yellow lines or if signs say it's not permitted. If you've been caught parking on the pavement by the police, you could be charged with 'unnecessary obstruction of any part of the highway'
4. Rule 145 of the Highway Code states You MUST NOT drive on or over a pavement, footpath, or bridleway except to gain lawful access to property, or in the case of an emergency.
5. Rule 243 of the Highway Code states you MUST NOT park opposite or within 10 meters of a junction
6. Section 149 of the Highways Act states 1980 ‘If anything is deposited on the highway so as to constitute a nuisance/danger the highway authority can require a person who put it there to remove it forthwith’
7. Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 states If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, deposits anything whatsoever on a highway in consequence of which a user of the highway is injured or endangered, that person is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine

I know parking should be revised by the council, as at times its quite limited. I have delivered one of these letters to each resident living in this area.

Please could we work together to try and promote road safety, reduce congestion and parking hazards

Yours sincerely,

Warminster Area Community Policy Team

PS 2413 OAKLEY - Warminster Area Community Policing Team (Warminster, Westbury, Tisbury & Mere)
PC 2930 CHAVENTRE – Beat Officer for Mere
PCSO 3690 GILL – Beat Officer for Mere

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Dan Chavantre (Police, PC, Warminster Area CPT)

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