With a survey of public opinion in the Westfield area almost half way complete, lack of car parking space is once again emerging as a key issue.
Relatively narrow roads and limited off street space in gardens means that many vehicles clog the streets.
So what to do if a vehicle is obstructing access to you driveway?
A Council response to a FOI request gives some information
The York Council says, “officers do not work 24 hours per day. There will be times late into the evening and early morning where parking enforcement is not available as is the case across the UK for Local Authority parking enforcement.
The issuing of PCNs is only permissible by the appropriate officers, mainly Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO), who have to witness and decide if a potentially illegally parked vehicle is parked illegally.
The CEO statement and PCN is legal evidence in itself and if challenged this can be used in the appeal process.
A PCN can be issued on a H bar but also on any vehicle that is blocking a dropped kerb, whether there are parking restrictions in place or not, such as double yellow lines.
The dropped kerb is taking to be when the slope begins.
Use of the parking hotline is anonymous and no names or contact information is passed to the Parking Enforcement service. If a vehicle happens to move on during this time and before the officer gets there then there is little we can do as the officer needs to see the vehicle in situ.
When reporting a vehicle to the parking hotline, we have a policy to attend the scene within 45 minutes where possible during the operational hours officers are working.