Calls for parking 'mayhem' in Clevedon street to be stopped
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2015
Shop owners are calling for action to be taken against the 'blatant disregard' of drivers parking on a pavement in Clevedon.
Drivers regularly stop on pavements and double-yellow lines in Old Street and the Triangle and the owners of a number of businesses in the area want to see this stopped.
One of the suggestions put forward to stop the problem is to put a large flower planter outside the shops, which would also provide a way of brightening up the area.
Kate Bright, owner of 3Beez Boutique, said: “It has been going on for a long time and is getting worse.
“There is blatant disregard for parking restrictions and if my A-board is not out on the pavement cars, vans and especially delivery lorries mount the kerb and park on the pavement.
“This is causing terrible damage to the paving slabs on the surface. They are loose, uneven and you can actually see a rut where the vehicles drive along.
“One idea would be to plant troughs.
“They would not only stop vehicles mounting the pavement and parking on the double yellows but it would also help to beautify our little town by bringing a splash of colour with some much-needed flowers. We just want Clevedon to look good and loved.”
Shop owners have also been putting up flower baskets and have assured the council that they would maintain the planter themselves.
However, there were differing views when the subject was discussed at a meeting of Clevedon Town Council’s transport and highways committee last week.
Jane Geldart, chairman of Clevedon Town Council transport and highways committee, said: “I have been approached by shopkeepers in Old Street because people are getting sick of people mounting the kerb. Delivery vans are actually creating craters in the pavement.
“It’s mayhem and the shop owners have said they would maintain it.
“I think it would be a nice gesture for the council to provide it for them to maintain.”
However, other councillors feel the purchase of the flower planter would also lead to them having to look after it.
Cllr David Shopland said: “If the shopkeepers want one, tell them the cost and let them maintain it.
“If the town council buy it, then it will end up as our responsibility to maintain.
“Suitable bollards will do the job better, because a planter will be an obstruction for people walking and will become a liability.”