Plea to park considerately and avoid blocking pavements

Sandwell's cabinet member for sustainable transport is urging motorists to park considerately and avoid blocking pavements.

It follows calls from councillors in the town of Smethwick where they have seen a rise in the number of complaints from residents about inconsiderate parking.

Councillor Jackie Taylor, Sandwell's cabinet member for sustainable transport, said: "With more people likely to be at home this Christmas it is important for everyone to park considerately. "Inconsiderate parking on pavements can cause obstructions for pedestrians and is a particular issue for those with visual impairments, those in wheelchairs and parents with pushchairs.

People can often find themselves forced to walk in the road. "On narrow footpaths, this is also hindering social distancing which now, more than ever, is so important to prevent the spread of Covid-19. "Please can everyone pull together and show community spirit and goodwill to other road users and make sure you park safely and considerately." Deputy Leader Councillor Maria Crompton said: “We do receive a number of complaints from residents about inconsiderate parking and we want everyone to think of others and park safely and considerately.

Please don’t cause an obstruction for people by blocking pavements.” Motorists are being asked to make better use of drives and garages or look for alternative parking in wider roads and nearby car parks. Those visiting families on Christmas Day are reminded that they can also park for free on council-run car parks on 25 December – please note parking charges will still apply at Sandwell Valley car parks.

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