See pictures of some of the worst places for pavement parking in Ipswich as council bosses say they are taking action
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Tougher action is being taken on drivers who park on paths in Ipswich.
Temporary bans on pavement parking, which could see more fines issued, are being trialled by highways chiefs in certain streets.
They have been trying to tackle the problem as part of a wider parking scheme for a number of weeks.
Prosecutions can happen if people park entirely on the pavement without reason to and fines are given to those who ignore double yellow lines and block pathways.
Ipswich is currently the only Suffolk district covered by civil parking enforcement, but under the new county council parking plan it is hoped this will be extended to every borough in the near future.
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A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “Pavement parking bans are being trialled in some areas of Ipswich.
People living in the town have shared their concerns about people parking on paths.
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One mother, who did not want to be named, said she felt it was “very dangerous” and had forced her and her young children into the road.
But another resident, Grainne Watts, said some roads in the town are just not wide enough.
“If cars didn’t partly park on paths emergency services just wouldn’t get down the road – look at roads off Foxhall Road,” she added.
People living close by, in Chilton Road, were recently told a ban is going to be put in place there to clamp down on drivers parking on paths and grass verges.
Suffolk County Council carried out a consultation in the street earlier in the year and are now set to put an experimental traffic order in place which could see drivers issued with a ticket.
Simon O’Brien-Ellington, of Blackfriars Court, was so passionate about the issue he launched a campaign.
The 47-year-old, whose wife Claire is a wheelchair user, said: “Drivers often think people can get by but don’t think about wheelchairs.
“What about someone with visual impairment who has to step out into the road into the path of traffic, a bus, who knows what, to get round?
“Will it take an accident, until someone dies, to do something about it?”
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