Letters: Parking on paths is problematic

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I also am a mobility scooter user, again by necessity rather than choice, and I write in support of the many valid points made by Carolyn Witt in her letter printed in the April 21 issue.

She graphically described some of the difficulties faced, not only by mobility scooter users, but also by wheelchair users and users of prams and pushchairs.

In this regard, may I make these further points?

Not only is furniture placed on the pavement outside cafes an obstacle, but also (and even more prevalent) are the free-standing signs of both metal and wood placed outside many shops without regard to the narrowing of the pavement - an effect made worse when delivery trucks park ‘half on half off’ the same footway.

With regard to ‘pavement parking’ I have often remarked that the Whitby interpretation of double yellow lines seems to be ‘park with two wheels on the road and two on the pavement’.

But, more seriously, there are two further points to be made.

First, there is no general ban on pavement parking (except in central London); local authorities have to make, and justify, their own local policies - and many do not!

Second, many road users do not appear to realise that the parking restrictions applied by double yellow lines apply equally to the footway, just as much as to the roadway - both are equally part of the public carriageway.

Finally, with particular reference to Church Street itself, it appears that some parts of the pavement are private property, rather than public - but I was informed that there is no definitive plan available.

Parry Thornton

Church Street

Whitby