Charity shames those who park on pavements

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Selfish motorists in Bexhill could find themselves featured in an online hall of shame as a charity attempts to highlight the problem of pavement parking.

The Guide Dogs charity website features a new interactive map which includes photographs taken of appalling parking across the UK - including several from Bexhill.

In one photo, two cars are shown parked up on the pavement outside Lidl in Ninfield Road, Sidley.

In another picture a white truck sits on the pavement in Beeching Road - metres away from the police station.

Offenders have also been snapped parking on pavements in De La Warr Road and Down Road.

In fact Bexhill currently has more bad parkers featured on the map than neighbouring Eastbourne and Hastings combined.

Guide Dogs is calling on MPs to back a new bill that will make irresponsible parking illegal.

According to the charity, badly parked vehicles are putting the lives of pedestrians up and down the country at risk every day by forcing them to walk in busy roads.

Guide Dogs says it is concerned this is making some cities and town centres into no-go zones for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Now members of the public are rallying behind the campaign and, since April, have sent the charity more than 1,000 pictures of vehicles parked on pavements for the online map.

James White, campaigns manager for Guide Dogs, said: “Parking on pavements is blighting Britain’s streets.

“It puts all pedestrians in danger, but particularly those living with sight loss.

“It is terrifying for someone who cannot see oncoming traffic to have to take the risk of stepping out into a road just because someone has decided to park on the footway.

“We hope this year will see this dangerous exercise outlawed once and for all, and call on all MPs to back a change in the law.”

Visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/pavementparking

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