Campaign on pavement parking

BWA has decided to start a campaign on the problem of pavement parking. This article describes our initial thinking.

The problem

Feedback from the public BWA event on 15 October 2016, has indicated that a key priority for people is the growing problem of pavement parking.

Obstruction on the pavement breaches Equalities legislation and puts people at risk. A survey by the Guide Dogs charity showed 97% of blind or partially sighted people encounter problems with street obstructions, and 90% of those had experienced trouble with a pavement parked car. Other pavement users are affected – imagine the danger to life if a parent with a toddler and pushchair is forced onto the road. It is a nationwide problem but little has been done over the years to find a solution.

What is being done already?

London is the only city to have a “no pavement parking” policy. A Private Member’s Bill, to extend this nationwide, got its second reading in December 2015, but was withdrawn as the government committed to undertaking a policy review. However, there appear to be no further reports on progress. You can find a description of the current confused legal situation at

Both the RNIB and Guide Dogs are running high profile campaigns on pavement parking. Living Streets conducted a survey and, of the people polled, 73% of those aged over -65 said that pavement parking was a problem in their area. Locally, the problem has been raised at a number of Bristol Neighbourhood Partnerships. We’ve been told that the police will get involved if there is clear evidence of an obstruction – but it’s difficult to get the necessary evidence at the time – and that it’s not a Council issue if there are no parking restrictions in force.

The planned campaign

BWA has decided that, although this is likely to be a long campaign, we want to do our bit to address this problem for pedestrians and so a small sub-group has been formed to come up with a plan of action that will be published for everyone to comment on. We will work alongside national charities such as the RNIB, Guide Dogs and Living Streets, as well as local community groups and Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs). Raising awareness is already happening and having a positive effect but we hope to have more co-ordinated action, while working towards future effective enforcement.

In the meantime we will build up some factual information. For example, we will write to our MPs to find out what progress has been made by the government on its review. We will ask how Police & Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, what progress she has made with her commitment to follow up this problem, and what response Bristol City Council has made to questions raised by Neighbourhood Partnerships, councillors and Cabinet members.

If you would like to get involved, have any suggestions, or stories that would help illustrate the problem, or solution, send an email to . We’ll keep you updated through our website and newsletter.

2 thoughts on “Campaign on pavement parking”

  1. I read your article in henleaze&westburyvoice on pavement parking. Almost daily my wife & I walk around Westbury & Henleaze. 148 Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3AL is a regular parking offender. I have taken pictures which I would be happy to email to you.

    We hope this will help your/our cause.
    David Ploss
    7b Downs Road, Westbury-on-Trym Bristol BS9 3TX 0117 9621311

  2. I live in Oakfield Place, Clifton, BS8 2BJ. Cars and vans regularly park on the pavement, (and double yellow lines), outside my house making it difficult to get out of my front door, which opens directly onto the pavement. The section of Oakfield Place alongside St.Paul’s church, which only has one pavement, (again with double yellow lines), often has that pavement blocked by parked cars outside the Middle Eastern Restaurant, I have counted up to eight cars on some evenings. I have hundreds of photographs of such vehicles.

    The police and city parking authorities are not interested. I have e-mailed and spoken to both the previous Lib.Dem and the current Green councillors, they made a feeble attempt but were fobbed off by city officials. Parking attendants rarely visit, but tell me they have no authority to ticket such vehicles. Even the double yellow line parking requires them to stand in view of the customers at the restaurant for some minutes before taking action. Invariably one of the customers sees them and alerts the driver, who moves the car until the parking attendant has left.

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