Plaid Cymru in Caerphilly has welcomed moves by the Welsh Government to give local authorities powers to tackle problem parking on pavements by drivers.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly Council, said: “Inconsiderate drivers have plagued streets for years. They just don’t care about people in wheelchairs and mums in prams and think they can park where they want. I’m glad the council will now be able to get tough and fine them.
“However, the authority will also need to ensure there is a commonsense approach because some roads are so narrow that parking on the edge of pavements is unavoidable. Unless the authority provides alternative parking it would be unfair to clampdown on these motorists.”
Delyth Jewell, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for South Wales East said: “I welcome the fact that local authorities will be receiving new powers to clamp down on problem pavement parking, since it can make getting around really difficult for people with pushchairs or mobility issues.
“While Plaid Cymru supports the Welsh Government’s aim to try to reduce the use of cars in the medium term, we’ve got to be realistic that this won’t happen overnight, so we’d like to see consideration of more parking space being made available for communities that need it on a case-by-case basis.
“Another issue that needs to be dealt with is new housing estates being built without adequate parking provision, which is why I’ve been calling for community needs and public service infrastructure to play a much greater role in planning decisions.
“Caerphilly Borough Council will need to think carefully about how to implement their new parking powers before they come into force in July 2022, so I’d encourage individuals and communities to let the council know about any particular local circumstances that need to be considered over the next 12 months,” added Delyth Jewell, who is standing in Caerphilly at next year’s Senedd elections.
Councillor Daniel Llewellyn, Plaid Cymru member of Bedwas and Trethomas Community Council said: “I have been campaigning for several years to get parking spaces for the residents of Bryn Heol in my ward. They have literally nowhere to park. The road is so narrow they have been warned about parking on the road this will impede emergency as well as other vehicles. They cannot park on the grass areas in front of their homes as they have been warned off by the county council.
“All that’s left is the pavement which they use but under threat of action from the county council. If the Government wants to ban pavement parking they will need to ensure local authorities make provision for residents who live in such areas.”