GALLERY: Parking in Wisbech so bad ‘it is the beginning of anarchy’ says councillor as he steps up campaign to improve matters
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Parking on double yellow lines in Wisbech has become so out of control that it “is the beginning of anarchy,” says a county councillor.
Illegally parked cars and vehicles blocking roads has infuriated councillor Alan Lay so much that he has begun a one-man mission to take photographs of offending motorists in a bid to make police sit up and take notice and enforce the parking laws.
Cllr Lay said: “I started after driving into the town centre near St Peter’s and At Paul’s Church and was trying to get down the narrow lane near Subway.
“Cars were double parked and I had to mount the kerb to get past. A police car came behind me and did exactly the same, but instead of stopping to enforce the law they just drove by and ignored it.
“People will always park where they shouldn’t but in recent years the problem has got out of hand in Wisbech. It’s got worse yet nobody is doing anything to enforce it.”
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Cllr Lay has written to Sir Graham Bright, the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who replied saying: “A lot of people have a nostalgic view of a police officer. Influenced by television, the classic view is of the bobby on the beat from the 1950 and 60s. Whether this was ever a true reality is open to debate, however, the perception is certainly there.
“Today we find ourselves in a different time with different issues...we are expected to do more with less. Police budgets have taken a hit.
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“A visible presence is what people want and a visible presence does deter illegal parking. Please be assured that our officers do continue to address this issue, but the police do have to prioritise the issues and unfortunately it is not possible to have officers there monitoring this 24/7.
“With an aim to increase visibility you may be aware that the constabulary are currently utilising technology and officers across the county are receiving tablets and smart phones to enable them tow work more efficiently and be out in the community.”