Residents angry at inconsiderate parking

Residents in Stonehaven have been venting their frustration at people in the town who park inconsiderately.

Following discussion on a social networking site last week a number of roads in Stonehaven have been identified where cars have been parked on the pavement making it impossible to get by.

Bernham Avenue, Braehead Drive, Braehead Crescent and outside Mackie Academy were just some of the problem areas identified.

The parking in some parts of Stonehaven has been branded “ridiculous” by some of the residents.

Many have voiced concern for safety as the cars being on the pavement means that those wishing to get by, including children, have to do so on the road.

This causes particular concern to parents as they worry that children walking to school will be forced onto the road and this could cause an accident.

The parking also makes it impossible for buggies and wheelchairs to get by meaning they must be pushed onto the road.

Another concern voiced was that the cars will get damaged as people pass them.

Councillor Graeme Clark said he was aware this was an issue in the town.

He said: “There is a problem with drivers parking without thinking of the consequences. They should be aware that they could be causing an obstruction by parking on the pavement or blocking an entrance or junction.

“Some drivers selfishly leave their vehicles without thought and they should be aware that sometimes they are causing a traffic offence. The police are aware that there is a problem in Stonehaven and will be on the look-out for offenders.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of roads and landscape services, Philip McKay, said: “We are aware that parking is at a premium at these locations and I would ask that drivers apply a degree of common sense and consideration when parking their vehicle.

“Enforcement of parking restrictions is a matter for Grampian Police, and any concerns should be reported to them via 0845 600 5 700. However, if residents wish to raise other roads related matters with Aberdeenshire Council, I would ask them to contact the Kincardine and Mearns roads manager Stuart McFarlane on 01569 768461, use our dedicated Road Defect reporting number at 0845 08 12 05, or log the matter on our Road Defect reporting web portal at”