Rye News often features stories of bad parking in Rye and will typically show a delivery van on double yellow lines or straddling the pavement, making life difficult for road users and pedestrians. The recent snow has been useful in revealing who the real culprits are: locals who use the High Street as a long stay parking facility, when supposedly there is a one hour maximum stay. This photo was taken on Wednesday afternoon, when the last heavy snow had fallen during Tuesday morning. In my estimation, almost half the cars along the High Street had not moved in more than 24 hours.
Another day later, there are still a handful that have not moved, as the telltale snow is still on them. I have some sympathy for delivery vans or short stay visitors who park on double yellow lines – what else are they supposed to do? Local authorities and the police quite rightly get a lot of stick for not addressing the parking issues, but it is worth remembering that it is primarily the actions of selfish residents that are the root cause of the problem – shame on them!
Photo: Dominic Manning