A BARNSTAPLE town councillor has called for action in the town centre, where he says cars and lorries have damaged paving by using it as a “private parking space”.
Councillor Simon Harvey is angry with work carried out around 18 months ago, when Devon County Council’s highways department spent £70,000 on a road improvement scheme in Boutport Street.
At the time Mr Harvey and others criticised the scheme, and said it would make using the lowered paving dangerous for pedestrians.
He also claimed drivers would be encouraged to park on the paving.
The scheme involved changes to the pavements to make them more pedestrian friendly.
The aim was to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road and, at the same time, cut down vehicle speeds.
But Mr Harvey’s fears have been borne out, and the paving is now damaged from where it has been driven on.
“People use it as their own private parking place,” said Mr Harvey.
“You can see where the HGVs come over it and there are masses of cracks.
“I said at the time it needed a proper pedestrian crossing and bollards to keep cars off the pavement, but no one listens to me.
“People carry on like this pavement is a road.
“There are taxis picking up and dropping off and lorries parking to do deliveries. You can see the damage and exactly where people pull up.”
Now Mr Harvey is upset money will have to be spent fixing a problem which he said could have been avoided.
“I’d hate to think we’ve got to spend more money on it, but it needs bollards in strategic places and there needs to be proper enforcement,” he said.
“Many a time I’ve seen buses unable to get into the bus stop.”
A Devon County Council spokesman said the council was looking into the problem and might look to step up parking enforcement in the area.
“We are aware there is some damage to the tactile paving in Boutport Street,” he said.
“We are looking into the issue and our civil parking enforcement officers have been informed.”