There was a report in this weeks News Shopper about a Dartford
man fighting a parking ticket given to him in Tyrell Road, Welling
for pavement parking. I didnt give it any coverage because these things are a
commonplace in Bexley where councillor Craske is trying to wring as much money
as possible from motorists whether by legal means or not. However the very next
day a Welling resident told me (he had not seen the Shoppers report) how he
had suffered an identical fate in Lovell Avenue, Welling. He has a Blue Badge and
needed to park near Welling Station. He could have legally parked on a yellow line
but encouraged by Bexleys sign (see upper diagram and photo 1) left his car
on the pavement and came back to find it ticketed. His appeal to Bexley council was
rejected, now he will have to make an appointment with the Adjudicator to get Bexley
council to comply with the law of the land.
If a Bonkers reader reports something I try to look into it.
The situation in the two avenues is identical. Some parking bays are marked with a
P sign with a car on the pavement and some are marked with the same sign with a
red line through it and some bays have no sign at all. What a mess! But it gets
The Dept. of Transports website shows all the approved signs and is quite
clear about the use of each. The signs Bexley has used (see upper diagram and
photo 1) permit pavement parking, no ifs or buts, you can park on the pavement.
If they want to confine parking to bays a different sign must be used (lower diagram). Nowhere does Bexley use the approved sign, so right across the borough,
going back as many years as you can remember, all pavement parking penalties in
incorrectly signed roads - which appears to be all of them - are illegal.
According to the Shopper a council spokeswoman said the council is satisfied
that the signs and markings comply with the statutory requirements. Obviously
she is an idiot who cannot read or is another council liar in full flow. Craske must pay up.