Cleethorpes pensioner wants to name and shame dozy parkers
A PENSIONER who frequently gets blocked in his own driveway by "inconsiderate" drivers has called for them to be named and shamed.
Alan Ashton, 70, of Hardys Road, Cleethorpes, is living with the constant headache of parents of pupils at Signhills Academy parking across his driveway. His wife, Jean, 69, recently missed a doctor's appointment as a result.
Mr Ashton said: "I know we are not the only ones this is happening to, it is all around the area.
"It is so annoying but I doubt people will stop unless the problem is highlighted. They should be named and shamed."
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Parking in front of a driveway is only illegal if there are double yellow lines, a drop kerb or the car is stopping the owner from getting into their driveway – therefore causing an obstruction on a public highway – but not if it is stopping them from getting out.
Mr Ashton does not blame the school, whose headteacher, Ken Thompson, has frequently asked parents to park on the nearby Haverstoe Park and walk the 100-yard distance. His staff also park on the roadside because there is not enough room in the car park.
He said: "Obviously parking around a school makes the road very busy at peak times. We are aware parents and staff parking in the road cause some difficulty for the local residents and we are trying our best to alleviate those problems, unfortunately there is no easy solution."
A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: "If residents' driveways are being blocked, this can be addressed through normal enforcement procedures.
"Residents should contact parking services when this occurs on 01472 325851."