Blackburn: Driver’s anger over ‘free for all’ parking on busy road

A FED-UP driver posted videos on social media showing the problems caused by double parking in his neighborhood.

The motorist said he counted ’13 parking violations in 54 seconds’ along one of Blackburn’s busiest streets, where double marking ‘makes two-way streets effectively one-way’.

The stretch along Whalley Range and Randal Street is home to a range of shops and takeaways. In several short videos, the driver said he noticed countless instances of illegal parking and urged the local council to do more for residents living in the area. He also said traffic cops don’t book drivers.

A claim Blackburn with the Darwen Council refuted and revealed parking officers visited Randal Street and Whalley Range 224 times over a six-month period between July and December 2021 and issued 58 tickets.

The driver, known as Fayaz on Twitter, who filmed the video, said: “It’s shocking how it could turn out like this. People park everywhere and it became free for everyone.

“If you drive along Whalley Range people are parked on double yellow lines. There is constant poor parking as you pass Ribble Street along Whalley Range with people parked on the left after the pelican crossing.

“We have restaurants doing large scale events where people show up and park in the middle of Randal Street. They block the road and no one can do anything about it.

“These are two-way streets that have become single lanes due to the number of people parking illegally.

“It’s easy to blame the shops, but the responsibility lies with the town hall, which has made no effort to provide parking spaces.

“There just aren’t enough parking spaces in this area and local residents must be suffering.”

Traffic officers visited Randal Street 105 times in the six months from July 1, 2021. During this period, 44 sightings were made and 22 tickets issued on this road. On Whalley Range, 124 visits were made and 36 tickets issued.

Martin Eden, place manager for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said traffic wardens could only visit areas with the time and resources available to them. He said: ‘As you can see from the figures provided, our parking enforcement officers regularly visit and enforce this area of ​​Randal Street and Whalley Range.

“Resources and the need to cover the entire borough dictate the number of times our enforcement officers can manage an area.

“Most of our residents have the care and respect not to park illegally on the double yellow lines, but unfortunately this is not always the case.

“Our parking enforcement officers will continue to visit this area and the rest of our borough, and will do everything possible to issue fines to those who park unsafely.”

Shear Brow and Corporation Park Ward Councilor Hussain Akhtar said he was aware of the parking issue.

He said: ‘It’s something we’ve looked at and I agree there are parking issues in some places. We have known for a long time that there are problems. “At the same time, we try to work with businesses and residents.

“I’m not happy with the double parking lot myself and I can understand people will be upset.”

Traffic officers visited Randal Street 105 times in the six months from July 1, 2021. During this period, 44 sightings were made and 22 tickets issued on this road. On Whalley Range, 124 visits were made and 36 tickets issued.

Martin Eden, place manager for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said traffic wardens could only visit areas with the time and resources available to them. He said: ‘As you can see from the figures provided, our parking enforcement officers regularly visit and enforce this area of ​​Randal Street and Whalley Range.

“Resources and the need to cover the entire borough dictate the number of times our enforcement officers can manage an area.

“Most of our residents have the care and respect not to park illegally on the double yellow lines, but unfortunately this is not always the case.

“Our parking enforcement officers will continue to visit this area and the rest of our borough, and will do everything possible to issue fines to those who park unsafely.”

Shear Brow and Corporation Park Ward Councilor Hussain Akhtar said he was aware of the parking issue.

He said: ‘It’s something we’ve looked at and I agree there are parking issues in some places. We have known for a long time that there are problems. “At the same time, we try to work with businesses and residents.

“I’m not happy with the double parking lot myself and I can understand people will be upset.”

Cllr Akhtar said they held meetings to discuss the issues. He added: “We had meetings with the police and another meeting was canceled due to Covid and will be rearranged this month. “We have to work together to see what we can do.”

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