LETTER: Have we all lost the ability to park sensibly?

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Am I the only one who is concerned with the growing trend of parking wherever one wants regardless of inconvenience to others?

Double yellow lines – not a problem, just put all four wheels on the pavement.

Nicely cut grass verge (either cut by the adjacent house owner or by the local authority paid for out of our rates), that’s fine – just park on it, and then drive off leaving deep ruts in the ground.

Narrow road, and not really enough room to park – great, put just two wheels on the pavement totally blocking the footway so that pedestrians need to walk in the road to pass the obstruction.

Have we all lost the ability to park sensibly and maybe walk? Remember walking, it is the process of putting one foot in front of the other so as to move in a forwards direction, from the car to our final destination - and it apparently has health benefits.

All these behaviours put two fingers up to fellow human beings, some of whom might be pushing a wheelchair, might be in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, might be blind and not expecting to find a car blocking the way.

Come on everyone, if we don’t stop this now by a societal change it will not be many years before we will have forgotten the original purpose of the pavement – to keep transport from people and provide a place of (relative) safety for pedestrians.

Cars belong in the road between the kerbs – nowhere else, unless perhaps it is in a garage.

Barry Marchant

Swift Close, Burgess Hill

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