Appeal to stop ‘dangerous’ Isle of Axholme village parking

Money being inserted into a car park meter in Sheffield City Centre
Money being inserted into a car park meter in Sheffield City Centre

Police have issued a warning to motorists over ‘dangerous’ parking in Haxey following concern it could lead to an accident.

Members of the village neighbourhood watch group have raised concern about drivers parking on both sides of Church Street and High Street, making it hard for buses and lorries to get through.

Humberside Police are now urging motorists to park more responsibly or face been issued with a fine.

Meanwhile, a parish councillor has warned if the problem persists parking restrictions could be introduced.

Pc Sally Roberts, of the Isle of Axholme Policing Team, said: “Both streets have become dangerous mainly in the daytime as visitors to local businesses and facilities park along the road side, often blocking driveways of local residents, footpaths for pedestrians, and not leaving sufficient room for buses or larger vehicles to pass.”

She urged motorists to use a car park where possible and to avoid parking on the pavement.

Pc Roberts added: “Do not park on the footpath. This causes a hazard to pedestrians, those using mobility scooters and pushchair, and the partially sighted. It may also cause damage to grass verges and increase maintenance costs of the footpath which may also become damaged.

“Ask yourself whether a fire engine or ambulance can safely pass by where you have parked. If the answer is no, find a more suitable space.

“Haxey is a rural area and harvest time is almost upon us. There are many agricultural appliances out and about and they too need sufficient room to go about their daily business. Police will be issuing fixed penalty notices for any offences and warnings for irresponsible parking.”

Councillor Ron Allcock, a member of the parish council, warned said: “With this problem there is always a chance that there could be a collision.

“I would urge people to park responsibly and not park on both sides of the road, if it poses a hazard to passing vehicles.

“I support the Police fully in their efforts to stop these parking problems.”