ILLEGALLY parked cars blocking up a 50mph clearway in Stratford have been seized by police.
Officers described Warwick Road near Fisherman’s car park as ‘influxed’ with some 40 vehicles causing obstruction during the weekend. People were forced to step into the road to get around the vehicles, causing a flood of complaints to the force.
They say this is an increasing issue in summer when the car park – which is fronted by the riverside – becomes full.
Officers seized six vehicles, while most of the others were moved by their owners. Police have warned those which were eventually moved would still be fined.
Stratford District Council has been alerted to the issue and is working alongside the police to help deter visitors from parking along the road. The authority recently agreed to a charge for the car park – which is currently free – as part of a raft of parking and permit fee changes across the town.
The car park is also set to be extended by 75 spaces, as part of a wider ‘Riverside Project’ to attract more visitors to the area.
Originally, plans to increase the Fisherman’s car park by 500 spaces faced severe backlash, with residents concerned over the impact on nearby wildlife habitat.
Project leaders also hope signs, and walking and cycle paths will encourage people off the road.