Members of the North Swindon Neighbourhood Police Team have started to issue polite notices encouraging certain drivers to park their vehicles more considerately.
The wording on the leaflet and the terms of their use have been agreed between the police and Oakhurst councillors Emma Faramazi and Toby Elliott.
Until recently the police did not have enforcement powers in roads not yet adopted by the local authority, but action can now be taken.
Cllr Faramazi, right, said: “There is a chronic lack of parking space in some roads. The whole area was designed under the previous government to policy standards which did not allow for enough areas for car parking.
“Most households have at least two vehicles and many homes have allocated parking. Yet some people choose to park as close as they can to their front door, on the street or even on pavements, which is dangerous and can impede emergency vehicle access.”
“Only the police can issue the agreed parking notice informing owners that their vehicle is parked dangerously and that they need to move it to another place.
“It’s an advisory note, but the police do have powers to escalate the issue if the problem persists.”
Right, an emergency vehicle finding it difficult to get through narrow roads with cars causing obstructions
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A new initiative of issuing police notices to encourage more considerate parking in Priory Vale has been agreed between Oakhurst ward councillor and resident Emma Faramazi and the North Swindon Policing Team.
Explaining the background to the plan Emma said: “When I put myself up for election I was bombarded with comments from residents about the parking situation in the area.
“A policy of the last government dictated that new houses should have on average 1.4 parking spaces each. This was applied to the new developments in North Swindon resulting in traffic chaos. Even five-bedroom houses have only the 1.4 car allocation, usually in garages that are so small you can get your car in, but you are not able to get out.
Pictured: Oakhurst councillors Emma Faramazi and Toby Elliott concerned about parking in Priory Vale
“Most households these days have at least two vehicles, but instead of using the allocated parking some people choose to park as close as they can to their front door, on the street, on the verges or even on the pavements, which is obviously dangerous and can impede access for emergency vehicles.”
Until recently the police did not have enforcement powers in roads not yet adopted by the local authority. But 10 years after building started in Priory Vale this situation has changed.
Only the police can issue the agreed parking notice which will inform owners that their vehicle is parked dangerously and that they need to move it to another place.
Commenting on how they hope to make this a community-driven effort Emma said: “We really want to re-educate adults through children. The police team have already visited local primary schools to talk about the issue of dangerous parking.
“We’re going to be running a competition in every school for the children to produce hard-hitting images that illustrate the problem.
“The winning entries will be reproduced on the back of the parking notices and we hope that this way people will think twice about where they park.”