Parking rules not being enforced, say Keynsham residents

Published on: 09 Sep 2013

Residents say drivers are parking their vehicles on double yellow lines and across junctions near their homes because of a lack of enforcement by B&NES Council.

People living in St Keyna Road, Westbourne Avenue and West View Road say there has been a marked increase in visits by wardens and a CCTV van since concerns were raised on Twitter with the council a few weeks ago and the problem has improved.

But one resident said he fears it will soon become clear to drivers it is a short-term fix unless the council ploughs more money into enforcing the rules – which could come from the £5m surplus raised from parking charges across B&NES, he suggests.

“You only have to walk down West View Road to see the issue – cars rammed along both sides of the road make it difficult for larger lorries and emergency vehicles to get through,” he said.

“Go to the side roads and the issue is even more pronounced. We have specifically reported vans and cars parked on double yellow lines, particularly at the junction of the road, and protruding across the junction.”

The resident, who asked not to be named, said he had lived in the area for 10 years and had seen the problem get worse, even preventing ambulances reaching a care home in Westbourne Avenue on occasion.

He added: “With the amount of money being made from across the authority I’d be interested to know how much of that is ploughed back into the service. What is clear is that enforcement needs to happen regularly and consistently. Perhaps if money is tight, a parking hotline for reporting issues but coupled with swift, responsive action.”

A council spokesman said parking enforcement was focused on busier areas such as the High Street but residential areas were also regularly patrolled. He said: “The council patrols Keynsham on average four or five days out of seven in different areas of the town – a proportionate response to the level of contravention.”

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