Earlier in the week I spotted the traffic enforcement officer (boo) and the community policewoman outside having words with the double parkers.
According to the policewoman there had been 27 complaints to the police/council about the double parking which I find very hard to believe.
The majority of the sensible people in and around Bampton appreciate the fact that double parking in Brook Street is a unique feature adding to the charm of our town.
When the police were responsible for parking issues they would turn a blind eye to the double parking as it acted as traffic calming for the street without the expense of those stupid bumps in road.
When the traffic enforcement people took over they, in their usual manner, became overzealous and were often seen having a go at our customers (and those of the butches, fruit and veg, chippy, costcutters and bakers) for the double parking when there was no issue and the traffic continued to flow along the street as it is plenty wide enough.
How a car can be deemed to cause a problem is beyond me when the street can cope with large lorries delivering goods to the shops.
Early last year everyone in the town was invited to complete a survey about ‘highway issues’ in Bampton and these were analysed by the Highways department and presented to an audience in the Community Hall in May http://www.bampton.org.uk/BTC/1205TrafficIssues.pdf
On the double parking issue only 5 people thought it an issue while four times as many said it was no problem.
So where have these 27 complaints appeared from?
These complainants need to understand that if the double parking was banned completely (by having a permanent TEO) then the shops in Brook St would lose business as the customers would drive on to Tiverton (probably to the supermarkets where they park for free).
I would think the Bampton 27 were quite happy to move to a nice small town with shops and they probably brag about the facilities to their family and friends so they ought to consider the implications of their actions.
If the traffic is moving slowly down the street they should look at why before they complain.
If it is a couple of large lorries passing each other or maybe someone having oil delivered for their heating then those activities need to continue regardless.
Today we had a different sort of parking issue.
The opposite to double parking!
I reckon someone left the handbrake off and the car rolled down the slope and onto the pavement.
Luckily (!) there was a car in front to stop it rolling even further.
The car was there for several hours until the driver returned – they returned between 4:15 and 4:25 as it had gone when the Grand National had finished.