Opinions divide over Park Watch


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PORTISHEAD residents are divided over the proposed introduction of a Park Watch scheme in the town.

The idea was proposed earlier this month and, if implemented, would see volunteers tasked with reporting to police any vehicles they spot parked illegally.

While some residents say it is not the responsibility of the public to deal with parking issues, others say it is time to take matters into their own hands.

At the February town council meeting, Cllr Peter Burden suggested that investigating parking restrictions and removing any deemed unnecessary could help reduce some of the parking issues in Portishead. Residents backed his suggestion, blaming the lack of parking facilities in the town for the problem.

Mum-of-three Jayne Thompson, who lives in the Village Quarter, said: “Portishead needs more parking spaces and fewer restrictions.

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“I try to shop locally but often drive round and round searching for a parking space. I’m not condoning illegal parking but I can see why frustrated drivers despair and resort to parking on yellow lines for a few minutes.”

Traffic wardens were axed in Portishead about eight years ago and North Somerset Council says it does not have the funds available to reintroduce them. The police say they do not have the resources to commit officers to permanent parking duties.

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The town council now wants to hear from people who want to get involved in a Park Watch scheme. If enough people come forward to move the project forward, the council says it will offer support and guidance and may be able to fund the group, including the purchase of digital cameras for the operation.

Residents interested in joining the scheme can contact Cllr David Pasley on 01275 842402 or email info@davidpasley.com

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