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Volunteers with cameras to catch drivers parking illegally in Portishead

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

Councillor David Pasley who is asking the town council to stump up £1,000 to pay for the cameras for members of the public to run a parking watch

Councillor David Pasley who is asking the town council to stump up £1,000 to pay for the cameras for members of the public to run a parking watch

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Volunteers with cameras could soon be patrolling a Somerset town centre in a bid to catch illegal parkers.

Portishead residents could be given digital cameras – funded by the town council – to use on patrol along the High Street.

It is the idea of councillor David Pasley, who is asking the town council to give £1,000 towards the set-up costs of the initiative. As part of the scheme residents would be given digital cameras and tasked with patrolling the High Street and surrounding side roads to catch illegal or irresponsible parkers.

Those caught parking illegally, perhaps on double yellow lines or on pavements, would be trapped on camera, with the pictures being sent to the police. Volunteers would be issued with brightly coloured tabards to highlight their presence on the streets.

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A motion is to be put before Portishead Town Council on Wednesday night asking the council to allocate funds for the initiative. Town councillors would co-ordinate the scheme and a working party would be set up to liaise with volunteers.

Earlier this month, Mr Pasley captured on camera a number of drivers leaving their vehicles on the pavement and sent the snaps to police for action.

Mr Pasley said: “The idea is to recruit volunteers to join a Park Watch scheme. It would be similar to Speedwatch, although to target problematic parkers rather than speeding drivers.

“I am asking the town council to make funding available to allow us to purchase a number of digital cameras and other equipment which would be handed to volunteers who would then go out on the streets.

“Parking is not a priority for the police who have limited resources and this scheme would support their efforts to target illegal parking, especially in the High Street. The volunteers would become the local eyes and ears and hopefully the fact that people know they are being watched may make them think twice about how they park.

Avon and Somerset Police declined to comment on what officers would do with the photographs and whether they would result in prosecutions.

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  • spudface  |  March 01 2013, 9:15PM

    what a bunch of nothing better to do sad *******s, same as these Policing our 30mph zones, same people that drive at 40mph everywhere... get a real live weirdos

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  • mrmeldrew  |  March 01 2013, 1:31PM

    OMG !!! What on earth is Britain coming too? Not only is there CCTV everywhere NOW we have volunteers poking their noses into our everyday lives. IF people are causing such a problem parking on pavements,double yellow lines etc then that is a matter for the authorities NOT some do gooder who has no authority and also no concept of the Highway Act and the many different regulations surrounding it. How on earth has this person become a councillor is beyond me, he certainly has no commonsense ,he wont last long if he continues with this dim witted plan. If parking your car had not been made so obstructive by the councils in the first place then no one would need to park on double yellows etc, they would be more that happy to park in the CAR PARK foer a nominal fee while collecting a prescription etc but nowadays the cost is prohibitive. Life is tough enough what with the cost of everything going up inculding Council Tax so the last thing people need is some busy body councillor putting forward a scheme that costs public money to penalise local people. Has he spoken to the local traders ? Im not sure they will roll out the red carpet for the volunteers as this scheme will push out their very shoppers! Is this Mr Paisly whiter than white ? Come on I hardly think so , everyone at some point in their life has stopped where they shouldnt to buy a paper,grab a coffee or post a letter, unless Mr Paisly will make a public admission that he has never ever done such a terrible thing.

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  • nickthompson  |  February 11 2013, 7:15PM

    "Funded by the town council" As there appears to be no shortage of funds at the local council,perhaps they might help fund the two soup kitchens about to opperate 7 evenings a week in the constituency of one "Liam Fox"

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  • Towny_McFoxy  |  February 11 2013, 5:35PM

    The government should remove all doubt and ban all on-street parking across the whole country. It is ridiculous that councils spend hundreds of millions each year on traffic schemes to ease congestion caused by streets clogged with parked cars.

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  • waynejkc69  |  February 11 2013, 12:56PM

    Soon the whole system will be run by' volunteers ' while there are forced redundancies. Voluntary people are replacing paid positions. This I feel will not effect local authorities paying themselves massive remuneration and pension deals. Has anyone noticed how many 'paid jobs ' are being eliminated to make way for 'unpaid volunteers '. For example the Citizens Advice Bureax have heavily remunerated staff while actually paying nothing apart from traveling expenses to 1,000s of volunteers. This is but one example. There are many more examples if you look. Sounds like this new ' parking ' inspectors are the new Gestapo to me.

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  • Sedgepeat  |  February 11 2013, 12:52PM

    Blue badges are allowed 3 hours on all yellow lines.

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  • Sedgepeat  |  February 11 2013, 12:50PM

    Disabled are allowed 3 hours on all yellow lines.

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  • Sedgepeat  |  February 11 2013, 12:48PM

    You make the classic mistake of thinking double yellows are more significant than single. They are not other than one applies at certain times. It's at kerb stripes where loading & unloading and blue badges are banned. It's this error where councils are getting away with wrong tickets.

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  • siarad2  |  February 11 2013, 12:05PM

    Surely no-one, not even disabled, can park on double yellow lines. Stopping i.e engine running to pick up or set down is allowed & short stay, 5 min.? allowed to help disabled living nearby.

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  • Sedgepeat  |  February 11 2013, 10:56AM

    What has double yellow lines to do with this story? They are the same as single yellow except one applies 24/7 the other just during set times. But they are not for traffic flow, obstruction or danger & that is why disabled may stay for three hours on them. There is 20 minutes allowed by historic precident for loading unloading etc. So how will a still camera capture the time there. But why would any sane person wish to place themself in a position of abuse? For a start the public have a right to know who is pointing cameras at them and demand their identity too.

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