Friday, 21 September 2018

Loading bays still abused by drivers

DRIVERS are still parking illegally in loading bays in Henley town centre, say town councillors

DRIVERS are still parking illegally in loading bays in Henley town centre, say town councillors.

The issue was raised by Councillor Simon Smith who said he had witnessed a delivery driver unable to use the bay outside Sainsbury’s in Bell Street, where he works, because a car was parked there.

Cllr Smith said: “It meant the driver had to park in the bus stop down the road, causing a health and safety risk to themselves and passers-by. It does not help congestion.

“The bays are not for free parking or shopping, they are there for a purpose and that is for local businesses to receive deliveries.”

Councillor David Eggleton, who uses a van for his clearance business, said bays were important to shops.

He added: “I have brought this up before. I have found it difficult to drop off at charity shops because there is nowhere to park.”

In November, the Henley Standard revealed that drivers were routinely flouting the law by parking in the Bell Street loading bay.

In an hour, a reporter witnessed numerous private vehicles stopped in the bay with the drivers running personal errands by visiting shops nearby, including Sainsbury’s and Boots.

Oxfordshire County Council says it will look into introducing civil parking enforcement across the county as long as all the district and town councils agree to it but at least one of these is not willing.

Enforcement is currently the responsibility of the police but Henley Town Council believes decriminalising it would free up officers’ time.

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