Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 26 July 2021
A DRIVER had obstructed the busy main road of Station Road in Elmesthorpe this afternoon (26 July).
The unmindful driver had tightly-squeezed their vehicle onto the pavement next to The Paddocks building site where two houses are currently being built.
Due to the amount of limited space, other drivers coming through Station Road could not drive at their usual speed, as they had to try and narrowly avoid hitting into the obstacle.
A total of 14 drivers all had to slowly make their way through the usually busy road.
This also proved a challenge for pedestrians trying to walk past, as there was little to no space between the car and the construction fences.
The Free Press approached Leicestershire Police about the situation, but they were unable to provide a comment at the time of publication.
Residents believe road is ‘not safe’
Back in May, South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa (CON), published findings from a survey that he had sent to local residents regarding the safety of the road, also known as the B581 road between Elmesthorpe to Stoney Stanton.
Costa highlighted ‘significant’ concerns amongst locals, as he had found that 70 per cent of residents stated that they do not believe the road to be safe.
Rules on pavement parking
In England and Wales, local Councils can make Traffic Regulation Orders which prohibit pavement parking – if one of these orders are in place, it must be clearly marked with signs, specifically showing drivers where the parking is prohibited.
Whilst it may not be specifically prohibited in all areas, drivers can still get fined for the offence of obstruction being committed.
This is because the offending drivers have forced pedestrians and wheelchair users to have to use the road as the only way to get around their parked vehicle.