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Message started by jim on 17. Mar 2017 at 11:58

Title: Parking on roads
Post by jim on 17. Mar 2017 at 11:58
I am increasingly concerned at the number of industrial vehicles, including Transit-sized panel vans, parking on the roads of Cotford. I imagine many vehicles are being used in contravention of mortgage terms, but that isn't my gripe, my main point is that this is a residential neighbourhood and most definitely NOT an industrial parking lot. So can we please bring order and respect to Cotford St Luke for the sake of fellow residents before the benefits of living here are further diluted. Perhaps the use of the layby opposite the main entrance to Cotford, off the B3227, for such vehicles would resolve the situation to everybody's satisfaction.

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by TonyM on 17. Mar 2017 at 16:04
Well said Jim,   there are too many such vehicles blocking sightlines and obstructing traffic.  I doubt  if the drivers would be prepared to walk to their homes from  the B3227, but they could of course use the village car park, which is adjacent to the Co-Op .  (My understanding is that this is a public facility and not owned by the Co-Op, but no doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong).

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by itsmeagain on 17. Mar 2017 at 19:02
The parking is pretty bad round here but as vans have tools on board who would pay for them when the vans are broken into because they are nowhere near the owners homes. It isn't only vans, there is a lot of inconsideration with cars too as people can't be bothered to use their drives or parking bays. We use our drive for both our vehicles but not all vans will fit on a drive. By the way that lay by is a bit further than you realise when you walk it and as it's in complete darkness isn't a secure place to park.

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Cornish Rebellion on 19. Mar 2017 at 08:23
People have to work and certain jobs require work vehicles. Personally I don't have an issue with vans etc. being parked in and around Cotford. For ALL vehicles in Cotford it is a case of park legally, considerately and safely.  In all honesty, if I were to add up over the years the amount of bad parking by cars I have seen it would certainly be more than vans.

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Tempus Fugit on 31. Mar 2017 at 07:45
Whilst there is a plethora of residents whose parking habits are less than helpful the main problem at the moment seems to stem from all the contractors on the building sites. The Orchard Lodge developer hired the field down by the old Lodge but clearly this had insufficient space as they all park(ed) on the bend by The Regents - forcing much reversing if you happened to be trying to pass at the same time as someone else going the other way, including the bus.

As for the abysmal situation attendant to trying to pass the school at school arrival/departure times this has been made almost impossible by all the vans related to the work going on at the old hospital wing.

I give you thus:-


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Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by jim on 31. Mar 2017 at 12:07
Yes, I agree about the inconsiderate, illegal and poor parking of cars, and on many occasions I've been surprised that our local police service hasn't prosecuted as they threatened to do.

I understand the pros and cons discussed regarding industrial vehicle parking but there is no doubt that the situation needs to be addressed or we do indeed risk the village, or at least parts of the village, becoming an industrial parking lot. To suggest that the numbers are insignificant isn't the point since condoning the parking of even one industrial vehicle in Cotford sets a precedent which we may all live to regret.

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Jimmy on 31. Mar 2017 at 12:23

jim wrote on 31. Mar 2017 at 12:07:
an industrial parking lot.


A slight exaggeration?

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Jimmy on 31. Mar 2017 at 12:27

Tempus Fugit wrote on 31. Mar 2017 at 07:45:
As for the abysmal situation attendant to trying to pass the school at school arrival/departure times this has been made almost impossible by all the vans related to the work going on at the old hospital wing.


It was just as bad before the work started on the hospital wing; mostly parents parking selfishly whilst dropping off/picking up I suspect. 

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Jimmy on 31. Mar 2017 at 16:21
And another thing.

Those supermarket delivery vans park anywhere they want,  block the road whilst they unload and become rude when asked if they might move.  I've had a couple of occasions to call the supermarkets and complain about the attitude of their drivers. >:(

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Tempus Fugit on 31. Mar 2017 at 17:40

Jimmy wrote on 31. Mar 2017 at 12:27:

Tempus Fugit wrote on 31. Mar 2017 at 07:45:
As for the abysmal situation attendant to trying to pass the school at school arrival/departure times this has been made almost impossible by all the vans related to the work going on at the old hospital wing.


It was just as bad before the work started on the hospital wing; mostly parents parking selfishly whilst dropping off/picking up I suspect. 

Indeed - but only twice a day in discreet time windows, not all bleepin' day!

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by jim on 06. Apr 2017 at 16:20
A slight exaggeration?

Inconsiderate behaviour is like a disease - if left it gets worse, even leading to dire consequences. All I know is that the street parking of commercial vehicles and panel vans in Cotford has been a growth happening since I've lived here and one has to assume that if the situation is ignored we have more of the same to look forward to - and then what?

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Anvil on 07. Apr 2017 at 12:12
I wonder if the fire brigade here has the same policy as where I used to live? - namely; if there's a parked vehicle causing an obstruction to the roadway then, well, ramming speed!

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by brooklynodog on 10. Apr 2017 at 09:08
I think that`s fire brigade policy wherever life or limb is threatened

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by nononsense on 17. Apr 2017 at 19:43
And ambulance  ;D :)

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Tempus Fugit on 20. Apr 2017 at 16:43
I think the front of a fire engine is somewhat more resilient than that of an ambulance!

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Tempus Fugit on 04. Jul 2017 at 16:22
Oh, look - it must be National Park Like A T*** Day. Again...



Fortunately, there wasn't a bus coming to back up for, just a van. It comes to a pretty pass when one has to consult the bus timetable before attempting to drive through the village.  ::)

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Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Tempus Fugit on 04. Jul 2017 at 16:23
I don't know about these days but when I was learning to drive it was a test failure to draw up more than 12" from the kerb and not parallel, let alone park up and leave your vehicle sticking out into the carriageway...

I can't wait for the school buses to arrive (or rather, depart).  ;D

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Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by meldrew on 04. Jul 2017 at 20:24
Unfortunately the inconsiderate builders have set a sad precedent for parking on the triangle there. People are just like sheep.
I have not seen a car park on that piece of land in the 15 years I have lived here until this year. It just lends weight to the frankly ridiculous argument to turn it into a car park despite there being one across the road and one at the Co-Op. It would be a disaster for the look of the village.

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by itsmeagain on 05. Jul 2017 at 07:24
Where the builders park so close to the width gap on a bend it is so dangerous. It will only be a matter of time before there is an accident. Don't ever seem to see the PCSO around here any more. Are we the forgotten village ???

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by lassie on 05. Jul 2017 at 07:57

itsmeagain wrote on 05. Jul 2017 at 07:24:
Don't ever seem to see the PCSO around here any more. Are we the forgotten village ???


I think there's probably more forgotten villages and people than just us; such is the life under a Tory government.

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by TonyM on 05. Jul 2017 at 18:19
It isn't clear whether some of the vehicles in the pictures belong to people working on the development in the old hospital building, in which case they will obviously  not be around for that long.

I have issues with large commercial  vans parked in the streets -  at one time these vehicles would have been  returned to their depot at the end of the working day.

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Anvil on 05. Jul 2017 at 23:06

TonyM wrote on 05. Jul 2017 at 18:19:
It isn't clear whether some of the vehicles in the pictures belong to people working on the development in the old hospital building, in which case they will obviously  not be around for that long.

I have issues with large commercial  vans parked in the streets -  at one time these vehicles would have been  returned to their depot at the end of the working day.

I think it's safe to say that, down there, if it's a van it's people working on The Hamptons and if it's a car it's someone who lives five minutes walk away (mostly).

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Jimmy on 06. Jul 2017 at 12:20

Anvil wrote on 05. Jul 2017 at 23:06:

TonyM wrote on 05. Jul 2017 at 18:19:
It isn't clear whether some of the vehicles in the pictures belong to people working on the development in the old hospital building, in which case they will obviously  not be around for that long.

I have issues with large commercial  vans parked in the streets -  at one time these vehicles would have been  returned to their depot at the end of the working day.

I think it's safe to say that, down there, if it's a van it's people working on The Hamptons and if it's a car it's someone who lives five minutes walk away (mostly).


Not always.  A neighbour who lives in an adjacent street parks his commercial van alongside my garden wall rather than outside his own house.  It often causes traffic to back up if it meets the bus coming in the opposite direction. 

And what about the van with the mini-digger on a trailer than is often parked near the Chapel?

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Pete on 06. Jul 2017 at 12:45
I have noticed people now parking on the double yellow lines on the speed humps on Dene Way, on the hill. Not only have they been blocking the pedestrian crossing points but also creating a continuous row of parked vehicles whereas the double yellows at least allow a passing place on the hill. Inconsiderate eedyits!

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Jimmy on 06. Jul 2017 at 13:30
I've contacted Taunton Deane BC, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and our local county councillor about this.  Maybe we will see a parking officer dishing out some fines very soon?   :)

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Jimmy on 06. Jul 2017 at 14:45

Jimmy wrote on 06. Jul 2017 at 13:30:
I've contacted Taunton Deane BC, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and our local county councillor about this.  Maybe we will see a parking officer dishing out some fines very soon?   :)


Just had the police on the phone following my call to them.  They have informed the local station and the local beat officers, and someone will be down during the next couple of days to hopefully take some action.  So we may have a solution fairly soon :) :) :)

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by Anvil on 06. Jul 2017 at 23:59

Jimmy wrote on 06. Jul 2017 at 12:20:

Anvil wrote on 05. Jul 2017 at 23:06:

TonyM wrote on 05. Jul 2017 at 18:19:
It isn't clear whether some of the vehicles in the pictures belong to people working on the development in the old hospital building, in which case they will obviously  not be around for that long.

I have issues with large commercial  vans parked in the streets -  at one time these vehicles would have been  returned to their depot at the end of the working day.

I think it's safe to say that, down there, if it's a van it's people working on The Hamptons and if it's a car it's someone who lives five minutes walk away (mostly).


Not always.  A neighbour who lives in an adjacent street parks his commercial van alongside my garden wall rather than outside his own house.  It often causes traffic to back up if it meets the bus coming in the opposite direction. 

And what about the van with the mini-digger on a trailer than is often parked near the Chapel?
During the day I'm fairly sure it is. There's no space for a local van to park down there until the evening!

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by meldrew on 24. Sep 2017 at 13:02
I know it's Dorset but very relevant article in the Echo today: http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15553168.THINK_BEFORE_YOU_PARK__Fire_service_s_plea_to_drivers_as_delays_to_fire_service_revealed/

Title: Re: Parking on roads
Post by meldrew on 03. Nov 2017 at 21:06
And another one posted yesterday: http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/15635794.Fire_commander__warns____inconsiderate_parking_could_cost_lives___/
:-/

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