Wisbech parkers get 999 warning

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Blue light services in Wisbech have come together to tackle the problem of inconsiderate parking in the town.

Wisbech firefighters took to the streets with PCSOs from Cambridgeshire Constabulary to highlight roads that a fire engine struggles to fit along owing to inconsiderate parking.

Nine fixed penalty notices were issued and the same number of verbal warnings were given.

Phil Pilbeam, watch commander at Wisbech Fire Station, said: “Inconsiderate parking, leading to problems with access for our fire engines, is an issue in a number of roads in Wisbech.

“Our crews have historically found getting along roads in North Brink, Hill Street, Union Street and the High Street a tight squeeze owing to the large number of cars double parked, parked on both sides of the road and sometimes also parked on double yellow lines.”

This can make it extremely hard and sometimes impossible for emergency vehicles to get through, which could cause a delay in a fire engine getting to an emergency incident.

“It is imperative that when drivers park their cars they leave enough room for a fire engine to pass – just remember, we could be trying to get to your home or to rescue you or your family another time.”

A fire engine measures 2.6 metres wide and 8 metres long. Drivers are asked to make sure they parked their cars sensibly to allow a vehicle of this size to get through.