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Police clampdown on ‘lazy’ drivers attending Aylsham boot fair

16:25 20 April 2012

The Late One boot fair is held in Aylsham just off the A140

The Late One boot fair is held in Aylsham just off the A140

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Police are clamping down on “lazy” motorists amid fears their problem parking on a busy Aylsham road during regular boot fairs could soon cause an accident.

Dozens of drivers abandon their cars on the grass verges lining the A140 to attend the Late One boot sale, but officers have said they will now be issuing tickets to vehicles causing an obstruction due to their haphazard parking.

PCSO Brian Levy told Aylsham Town Council about the clampdown at its April meeting after members voiced their concerns about the parking on sale days.

Jim Pannell said the wayward parking was causing particular problems at the Burgh Road junction as it blocked the view for drivers trying to pull onto the A140.

“I really think there’s going to be a serious accident caused by that,” he added.

Police had managed to alleviate the problem last year by putting cones along the verges the night before the Saturday sales, but Mr Levy said officers would no longer be doing this as they were not responsible for highways.

He added, however that they would be taking a “proactive” approach to issuing tickets to any drivers obstructing the Burgh Road junction.

Mr Levy told councillors: “We have spoken to the organiser and he’s aware we’re not going to put cones out. He has a responsibility to provide adequate parking, and there is adequate parking for the majority of cars, but the problem is I think it’s people generally being lazy.”

Speaking after the meeting he added: “You’ll get quite an excess of people turning up and there’s a bit of a traffic backlog of people queuing to go into the car park and I think that frustrates people and they pull onto the grass verge to avoid that, and then walk down or climb over the fence.

“Last year it was getting completely silly. There were families disembarking from vehicles and literally walking onto a very fast highway and cars were having to swerve round them.”

The boot fair organiser, who did not wish to be named, said he provided more than seven acres of parking on sale days, which was well sign posted, and welcomed the police action as he had tried to dissuade drivers from using the verges.

Councillors also gladly received the new stance from police and agreed to look back at the planning permission for the boot fair to get more information on the parking situation.

7 comments

  • the police cannot control traffic parking in sir williams lane on schooldays, what chance do we have on a weekend?

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    bob the b

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • If the problem is as bad as they suggest then I'm sure the sheer volume of tickets and fines will more than pay for it. Easy pickings as far as the police are concerned.

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    NROO

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Why not issue a warning rather than a fine?. How about a crackdown on real crime, perhaps it's because it costs money, takes time, means a lot of paperwork,and a conviction is not always assured means motorists will always be a prime target for raising cash.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • Mr Levy (a civilian) obviously does not know what he is talking about. Of course the police are responsible for highways! and CSO's cannot issue fines only police officers, who are almost unseen these days due to civilianisation by management trying to save money.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Monday, April 23, 2012

  • Who is responsible for policing the Highways if it's not the police?

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    country bumkin

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • who is going to pay for this proactive policing? the organiser i hope as he is making a large amount of money from this so should shoulder all the costs the car boot is too big for that location now

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    simatry

    Friday, April 20, 2012

  • There are just too many cars entering and leaving the site at the A140 junction for the police, in the guise of a PCSO, to say that all they are going to do is to ticket vehicles obstructing the junction. It`s one of those situations that is truly waiting for an accident to happen and for the PCSO to say the police are walking away from it because, " it`s nothing to do with us," is just not good enough.

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    BG

    Friday, April 20, 2012

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