There has been quite a hullabaloo over parking in Ludlow of late. More than 200 fines have been issued after six in the evening during the last few months.
There is no doubt that we have problems with parking in the town centre that we need to address. Parking on pavements and in disabled bays without a legitimate blue badge are commonplace offences in Ludlow that I find particularly heinous. Blocking the entrance to Quality Square is another – we must keep this clear for 999 access.
For the most part, it’s obvious where you can and can’t park. But there is one place where people think they can park and they are getting fined week in, week out.
None of the above cars are parked legally
The yellow line arrangement here is rather curious. Many people were not aware of the lines before because they had worn out. The whole market area has now had new lines painted after we unitary councillors kicked up a fuss in the press about parking enforcement.
You’d expect yellow lines on the road leading to Quality Square. But I don’t understand why there is such a large box enclosed by double yellow lines. Regardless of the sense of this arrangement, officers tell us parking within the box is illegal. Many people have found this out to their cost in recent months.
I had hoped to be writing about Shropshire Council’s new parking policy by now. It is far more sensible approach than we have seen of late. However, the paper was pulled from last week’s cabinet meeting. I do not know why. We councillors want discussions with enforcement teams before any crackdown. White and yellow lines should be painted and signage clear. We are happy then to take part in a public information campaign, even drive it ourselves. After that, the council should clamp down if it sees fit.
Remember, our car parks offer 15 minutes free parking and are free after 6pm.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of classics of bad parking in Ludlow.
Upper Galdeford. This driver didn’t even manage to get near the kerb.
Charlton Rise. Why completely block the pavement on an empty road?