Whilst this report is welcome, we want to see a default ban in Wales in the future. We need safe and accessible pavements to encourage people of all ages to walk more. Making parking on pavements illegal is the only solution.
Living Streets Cymru wants to see an outright ban. Parked vehicles cause obstructions and damage footway surfaces, endangering pedestrian. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought pavement parking to the attention of more people, with blocked pavements affecting everyone’s ability to physically distance.
Last year, over 1,000 people responded to a Living Streets Cymru survey and its subsequent report, Pavement Parking in Wales, revealed that 88 per cent of local authorities in Wales had received letters from members of the public complaining about pavement parking. In addition to this, 83 per cent of survey respondents in Wales said that pavement parking is a major problem in their areas.
The charity believes that the report is a first step but that a nationwide default ban, with the ability to allow pavement parking in certain circumstances, would be simpler to enforce and easier for everyone to understand.
Living Streets Cymru was a member organisation for the Task Force Group and provided evidence to Welsh Government to support enforcement against pavement parking.
Rhiannon Hardiman, Manager for Living Streets Cymru, says:
“Pavement parking is a problem for everyone, especially for our more vulnerable members of society. People with mobility issues and sight loss, parents with pushchairs and older adults often feel unsafe and worry about walking into traffic. In fact, over a quarter of people aged over 65 in Wales are prevented from walking on their local streets because of blocked pavements.”
“We want to see a default ban in Wales. We need safe and accessible pavements to encourage people of all ages to walk more. Making parking on pavements illegal is the only solution.
“We look forward to working with Welsh Government on this legislation and to find further solutions to stop this dangerous practice.”