Motorists parking dangerously on Cambuslang Street
Sep 5 2012
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
MOTORISTS in a Cambuslang street who are flouting law regarding double yellow lines have been warned about their parking.
Drivers are parking illegally on Wellshot Drive, near to Cambuslang train station.
It’s a long-standing problem, which has regularly been raised at Cambuslang Community Council.
In recent years, a fire crew on their way to an incident had trouble when they had to negotiate rows of selfishly-parked cars in a congested road near Wellshot Drive. Some cars where damaged as the fire engine squeezed through.
One concerned resident said: “They are causing an obstruction; what if a fire engine needed to get down that street? It’s also really difficult to drive down.
“People are just blatantly parking on double yellow lines, surely the council or the police should do something.”
Community police officer Richard Samson of Rutherglen Police Office said although the issue of parking on double yellow lines was decriminalised, police can take action if the vehicles are creating an obstruction.
He said: “If residents feel that there is an obstruction being made by motorists who are parking then they should contact the police and we can come out and assess the situation. If we find they are causing an obstruction, we can take action and get the vehicle moved.”
A spokesman for Cambuslang Fire Station said the problem could be hazardous if a fire engine needed to get down the street.
He said: “I will send an appliance to check and get police informed and we will leave some flyers as a reminder for fire appliances.”
A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “The council’s parking enforcement team were unaware of any parking issues in this area.
“We will ensure that the parking attendants are made aware of the problem and patrol this area when visiting Cambuslang.” Parking fines from South Lanarkshire Council are £60, although this drops to £30 if paid within 14 days. A parking ticket (penalty charge notice) can be given by a parking attendant where residents have parked in breach of parking regulations.
Attendants have no discretionary powers and can’t deal with any dispute about the issue of a parking ticket.