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Park considerately this summer

07 August 2020

Drivers are being urged to park considerately in Norfolk this summer, following cases where emergency vehicles, businesses and homes were obstructed.

Councillor Martin Wilby, chairman of the Norfolk Parking Partnership, said: “We love welcoming visitors to our beautiful county and want everyone to enjoy themselves when they’re out for the day. One thing we can all do is take care to follow any signs and lines when we park on a road.

“Wherever we park in the county, we should always be mindful of not leaving a car where it could cause an obstruction, particularly for colleagues in our emergency services, bus drivers and residents accessing their homes.”

Two recent incidents highlighted the issues that can be faced by waste collection teams and emergency services. On a recent weekend in Winterton problems were experienced when inconsiderately parked cars caused access issues for the coastguard attending an emergency. And in another incident in June, fire crews had difficulty accessing Horstead Mill for a training exercise, due to vehicles parked in narrow lanes.

Tim Edwards, assistant chief fire office at the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our priority is reaching an emergency when people need our help. On occasions parked cars do lead to delays and this is why we’re reminding people to always park considerately.”

Temporary assistant chief constable Jules Wvendth, of Norfolk Constabulary, said: “We have been made aware of instances in which parked cars have restricted access for emergency service vehicles to arrive at their destination on time, and therefore we ask that drivers are considerate when parking, and leave plenty of room should this happen. Please also ensure that any valuables are either kept at home or, if left in your vehicle, are out of site from opportunistic thieves.

“We must continue to remember that, although we have seen the easing of lockdown restrictions, we are still amidst a global pandemic and government guidance is there to protect us all. We encourage people to continue socially distancing from those around them and adhere to any rules that may be implemented at business premises they visit.”

Parking issues should be reported, either to local councils or the police:

  • Where parking restrictions shown by signs and lines on the road are not being followed this information should be passed through to local councils 
  • In areas where no parking restrictions are in place, and vehicles are parked in a way that causes a dangerous obstruction, then this can be reported to the police on 101. In the case of an emergency, always call 999 

For more information and who to contact about parking issues visit our Civil Parking Enforcement and Legal Orders page.

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