Traffic and Parking28th of October, 2020
The Parish Council and residents alike are growing increasingly concerned about traffic in and around the village and parking problems within it.
The Emergency services – in particular the Fire Service – have campaigned in the recent past to make residents aware of the dangers of parked cars blocking the way through the streets of Ribchester of emergency vehicles. This problem is worsening and may present heightened danger and, quite possibly, loss of life sometime in the future. Parked cars blocking the way to an emergency call-out by a fire-engine or ambulance present a very real possibility that an ambulance or fire-engine will not be able to attend the scene in time to save lives or properties.
In addition to the problems experienced by these services the dustbin collection service is faced with similar difficulties every week. The Refuse Collectors’ view is ‘If we can’t get to it, we can’t collect it.’.
PLEASE CONSIDER THESE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WHEN YOU PARK YOUR CAR, PARTICULARLY IN ‘PINCH POINTS’ ON CHURCH STREET.
DOUBLE-YELLOW LINE PARKING
Please note that the double-yellow lines outside the gates to the Millennium Garden/’Rec’ denote a parking restriction, similarly those along the fence from the School to the Church on Church Street. These restrictions continue to apply at weekends and during Bank Holidays etc.
Another problem regularly reported to the Parish Council is that of traffic speed around the outskirts of the village, and within it. Whilst much of the criticism might be fairly levelled at commuters from elsewhere passing by the village, there are also reports of residents driving too fast within it, and on occasion, driving onto the pavement rather than waiting for oncoming vehicles to pass.