Police in Sudbury and Great Cornard are trying to educate drivers to avoid bad parking.
The Sudbury and Great Cornard Safer Neighbourhood Team – in partnership with Sudbury Town Council, Great Cornard Parish Council and Age UK – has published a new leaflet to highlight the problem of vehicles parking across pavements, blocking them from being used by pedestrians.
The flyer, funded by the two councils, will be used by police officers and community wardens to place on obstructing vehicles.
It reminds drivers that blind and partially sighted people, wheelchair users and parents with buggies have to make detours on to the road as they cannot get past.
Pcso Andrea Campbell, from Sudbury and Great Cornard Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “While parking on a pavement is not an offence in itself, causing an obstruction and blocking a pavement is.
“I am often stopped while on patrol by members of the public informing me of cars that are parked on pavements and it seems to be an ever increasing problem, especially in residential roads where parking can sometimes be very restricted.
“We hope to monitor areas close to schools and busy residential areas to keep the pavements clear for people with buggies and wheelchair users.”
Jilly Vince, manager at Age UK Suffolk’s Chilton Day Centre, said: “We hope that this campaign will help drivers to think before they park. Some older people can have difficulty manoeuvring around obstacles, such as cars parked on footpaths.
“These obstructions can mean that people have to walk on to a busy road or negotiate a kerb that could cause a trip or fall.
“We urge drivers to consider whether people using mobility equipment such as wheelchairs can get past safely on the pavement.”
Jacqui Howells, Sudbury Town Council clerk, said: “The town council fully supports the police in their efforts to curb illegal parking, which can often cause problems for pedestrians.”