Car Parked in private driveway Protruding onto pavement yet again
Reported in the Pavements/footpaths category anonymously at 12:05, Sun 19 July 2015
Sent to Merton Borough Council 5 minutes later
There are cars parked on private driveways in this and surrounding streets that are too big and protrude into the PUBLIC pavement causing an obstruction and health and safety issues for people pushing/using wheelchairs, prams etc due to lack of space and dropped/sloping kerb. Number 7a is a persistent offender. Vehicle Registration OY1O JBX (Black Jeep)
This is unacceptable and has been ongoing for years with the council doing very little about it.
Overgrown hedges (growing sideways) and protruding out is also a problem for those being pushed in a wheelchair or walking due to lack of space. This has resulted in eye injury to a member of my family. Issue again is ongoing for years.
The best way of dealing with ticketable offences (assuming no exemption applies, the photograph appears to show offence code 62: "Parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road other than a carriageway (footway parking)": http://www.merton.gov.uk/ transport-streets/ parking/ pcn/ contraventioncodesandfaqs.htm ) is to phone them in whilst they are happening (some councils have extended hours numbers for this, but I can't find one for yours).
When reporting, stress the fact that the wheels are on the pavement.
For simple obstruction (e.g overhanging but with all wheels on the drive), or dangerous parking, enforcement needs to be done by the police and will be based on their decision about whether there really is an obstruction or danger. Police don't like this sort of low level parking enforcement work.
The exception, for overhanging vehicles, is if the householder has entered into a specific agreement with the council not to overhang, typically as a condition of constructing, or widening a dropped kerb. Such agreements can be difficult to trace, and not all councils use them.
That was the Car Parking category.
For the hedges, I think you will need to give precise locations, as I can't see any on Google Street View that would result in the council notifying the owner to cut them. Typically the council will only intervene if less than 1.5m of pavement width is left.
Also, don't suggest that any identifiable person is committing an offence, when using FMS, save such details to subsequent private correspondence with the council.
Not from the council.
Posted anonymously at 14:13, Sun 19 July 2015
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