DEBATE: Would Harrogate welcome a pavement parking ban?

Pavement parking (stock image)
Pavement parking (stock image)

The issue of pavement parking has hit the headlines today as MP’s look set to debate a nationwide blanket ban.

The Private Members Bill by Lib Dem Martin Horwood MP, is set to be debated today (January 9) in Parliament if time allows.

Pavement parking has been banned in London for over 40 years, and Guide Dogs charity are backing the ban, claiming that pavement parking is ‘a blight on pedestrians lives’.

Last year a Harrogate wheelchair user has launched a campaign to make people across the district think twice about obstructing footpaths with vehicles and wheelie bins.

Nick Moxon - who lives at Disability Action Yorkshire’s residential home on Claro Road - called on Harrogate Borough Council, local councillors and the police to help make streets more accessible.

His decision to make a stance came after frequently finding his path into Harrogate town centre blocked by vehicles and wheelie bins.

Nick, who uses a robust electric wheelchair, said: “Drivers should be more considerate when it comes to parking their vehicles on footpaths. Sadly many don’t think who their thoughtlessness will affect, as they are often too busy trying to avoid getting their cars scratched!

“Obstructions affect not just wheelchair users, but mothers with pushchairs, the visually impaired and those with mobility problems.”

He added: “On numerous occasions I have either had to go out into the road or ride over grass verges. It can be extremely difficult for me to manoeuvre. Although most drivers are apologetic and quick to move their cars when confronted, I shouldn’t need to ask them in the first place.”

What do you think? Would you welcome a pavement parking ban? Comment below or join the debate on Facebook or Twitter.