Frustrations – Parking
Is it me, or has inconsiderate parking suddenly become de-facto. I say this as a huge number of complaints I am getting from the Public is over this very issue. You are always going to get one or two who will park in front of some ones drive and not care two hoots about it.
Take Porthleven for example. It’s an old Town/Village. The centre was built before the motorcar was even invented. The surrounding areas were built in the 1960’s when very few people had, or could afford cars. Now most familes have at least two. Add a huge influx of tourist and you have a problem. A great deal of these problems could be solved if people parked more sensibly, and not abandon their cars like some getaway driver would when fleeing from the Police. Only the other day I asked very politely if someone could park better so that others could park too. I was met with words that a hearty Jack Tar would blush at. Luckily this is not the norm, and in fact, if you do ask someone they do indeed park and in most cases are apologetic. It’s just a shame they could not do this in the first place.
The problem is those people I represent are not happy. They in fact are asking me to do something about it. Most are saying Yellow Lines, but they don’t always work because without adequate enforcement, they are just lines on the street. The trouble is without people being more sensible and considerate when parking I maybe forced into going down this route. Sadly with my limited budget for highways other projects will suffer.
Another option is to introduce Residents Parking. That on the face of it might solve some problems, but there are some drawbacks to the scheme. One being a yearly cost to the permit holders. So I ask those who read this to just think when parking, or ask others who don’t to just be a little more helpful when they do. Otherwise in future they will not, or could be be restricted to parking in that area.