Wisbech traders call parking clamp down

Road works in Wisbech ANL-150203-091821009
Road works in Wisbech ANL-150203-091821009

Traders are calling for greater enforcement to clamp down on parking problems in Wisbech town centre.

Shopkeepers in the town have reported problems with inconsiderate parking and would like to see more of a police presence.

Fenland police say they will be working with other authorities to tackle the parking problems.

Traffic chaos has been seen in Wisbech town centre in recent weeks after the traffic flow around the Market Place was altered.

While most of the initial problems are easing, parking remains an issue with motorists parking on both sides of the road.

Postmaster Ray Wicks has had reports of parking on the pavement in front of shop entrances and opposite disabled parking bays.

He said: “They have got to police it. They have got to do something about the parking.

“A lot are complaining that people can’t get into the shops easily and also that wheelchairs and motorised scooters can’t get down the pavement because of the parking.”

Assistant manager of Bon Marche, Rosemary Kelly, has also seen the parking problems.

She said: “There are some days when you wouldn’t get an emergency vehicle down here.

“They are not just blocking the entrance, but also parking in disabled bays when they are not disabled.

“They also park in the loading bays or opposite the bay where someone is already parked, making it complete chaos.

“I would like to see a traffic warden or the police community support officers down here regularly, not just once a week.”

Insp Alan Boughden said: “We are working with our partners and we will be doing days of action in the future to tackle the issues of illegal parking or failing to comply with road signs, as appropriate.”