Sidmouth's illegal parkers asked to turn over new leaf

PUBLISHED: 14:52 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:06 17 June 2010

ILLEGAL parking is again taking place at the car park in Blackmore Drive earmarked for users of Blackmore Medical Centre and Sidmouth Library.

ILLEGAL parking is again taking place at the car park in Blackmore Drive earmarked for users of Blackmore Medical Centre and Sidmouth Library.

One pensioner aged 79 from Ice House Lane, complained to the Sidmouth Herald after spotting a woman parking there on Christmas Eve before entering a nearby hairdressing salon to go to work.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: "I object strongly. Some people who are getting on a bit; who are older than me, cannot get in because of people parking there who work in the town.

"I tell people about it and they ignore me. I had come to pick up a prescription. It happens time after time. In the end I parked opposite the cinema and walked."

Rob Spargo, practice manager, said he had tried everything possible to prevent people leaving their cars in the small car park all day.

He said people's consciences needed pricking if they parked there all day because it was preventing the sick and elderly from short-term parking to visit their doctor.

"In the new year I may put tickets on cars parked there saying if they continue to abuse the one-hour parking restriction we may have to employ a clamping company," said Mr Spargo.

"It doesn't worry me if they park there for half-an-hour to pop to Somerfield, but it is those who park there all day to go to work who cause the problem."

He said some had even parked in the private parking area for doctors and nurses behind the medical centre.

"I have tried every way I can think of to stop this, and even had patients offer to stand there telling people, but why should people have to put up with abuse?


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