'Please park responsibly', plead officials as West Norfolk enjoys hot spell
Political and emergency service leaders have pleaded for drivers to park considerately as West Norfolk swelters in a new heatwave.
Temperatures are expected to peak at around 32 degrees Celsius today and more hot weather is expected over the next few days.
But, after police were forced to introduce temporary measures in Brancaster last weekend, senior officials have added their voices to the calls for motorists to act responsibly.
They have spoken out following cases when emergency vehicles, businesses and homes experienced obstruction.
Martin Wilby, chairman of the county's Parking Partnership and Norfolk County Council cabinet member for transport, said today: “We love welcoming visitors to our beautiful county and want everyone to enjoy themselves when they’re out for the day.
"One thing we can all do is take care to follow any signs and lines when we park on a road.
“Wherever we park in the county, we should always be mindful of not leaving a car where it could cause an obstruction, particularly for colleagues in our emergency services, bus drivers and residents accessing their homes.”
Tim Edwards, the county's assistant chief fire officer, added:“Our priority is reaching an emergency when people need our help. On occasions parked cars do lead to delays and this is why we’re reminding people to always park considerately.”
And Norfolk Police's assistant chief constable, Jules Wvendth, said: “We have been made aware of instances in which parked cars have restricted access for emergency service vehicles to arrive at their destination on time, and therefore we ask that drivers are considerate when parking, and leave plenty of room should this happen.”
Where parking restrictions shown by signs and lines on the road are not being followed, the issue should be reported to the local council.
In areas where no parking restrictions are in place, and vehicles are parked in a way which causes an obstruction, that should be reported to the police.