BIDEFORD police have announced a crackdown on illegal parking in the town centre over the festive period.
The new scheme will see police officers team up with civil parking enforcement officers to patrol the town in a bid to cut the level of dangerous and illegal parking.
Officers will pay particular attention to Bridgeland Street, which has been identified a hotspot for troublesome parking, with parked cars often lining both sides of the road.
Sergeant Paul McWhinnie, Bideford Police’s Neighbourhood Team Leader, said: “Parking in Bridgeland Street is a particular problem.
“We’re concerned that with people parking down both sides of the street there’s little room for drivers to take evasive action as unseen pedestrians have to cross the road from between parked cars.”
He also said the issue posed potential dangers in the case of an emergency, and may cause a dangerous backlog of traffic in the town’s streets.
He said: “If vehicles are parked down both sides of the street and emergency services are called to an incident then often the only place that they can park is in the middle of the road.
“This not only causes congestion, but also significantly delays the arrival of other emergency service vehicles which may be required to attend.”
Police officers have been delivering letters to properties along to the street and surrounding area informing the of the parking rules in the area.
The crackdown will take place throughout the day, with officers patrolling the streets into the evening.
Paul said: “Some drivers think that they can get away with flouting the rules when enforcement officers are not on duty and this is clearly not acceptable.”