Walking around Rye on Sunday morning and despite the devastation caused across the country by storm Dennis, Rye, or at least the town centre, seems to have escaped relatively unscathed. Its not surprising that the miserable weather kept people away, the town was understandably quiet except for the bars and coffee shops which, judging by their steamy windows had plenty of customers.
Fewer visitors meant fewer cars, fewer cars meant more space in the car parks for those who did come to Rye on Sunday. What puzzles me is why didn’t the vehicle parked on Hilders Cliff featured in the photographs park in a legitimate parking space, after all there were plenty of them?
Instead the driver decided to park on double yellow lines, the whole of the vehicle not just some of it, nothing new about that in Rye I know but the driver also chose to park half on the pavement too, brilliant!
As I took the photograph I saw the young family (in photo below) who were walking along the footpath break into single file in order to get past it. As far as I could see the vehicle was not displaying a blue badge but even if it were, parking on the pavement still isn’t permitted as far as I know? If the vehicle had broken down surely the hazard lights would be operating, if the driver had been dropping off or collecting from Rye Lodge Hotel they might have also left hazard lights on but no, so I assumed the vehicle had been parked there deliberately.
If there were a competition for the worst parker in Rye, surely this driver would be nominated on two counts, firstly for failing to notice the double yellow lines and secondly for deeming it acceptable to park on the pavement making it difficult for pedestrians and large vehicles (perhaps emergency vehicles) to pass easily.
Maybe you have seen other contenders? Send in your entries and lets see who the competitors are, after all, there must be a huge number of hopefuls who could potentially scoop up this highly sought after award, they are about on a daily basis, you don’t have to look hard!
Image Credits: Nick Forman .